Growing Conditions

- Perdriel (Lujan de Cuyo) at 980 metres or 3,200 feet of elevation: Malbec , Perdriel: Thin sand loam top soil with gravel underneath. Very well drained. - Medrano (Junin) at 700 meters or 2,300 feet of elevation: Cabernet Sauvignon sand on surface. Beneath, heavier with some clay component and no gravel up to 2 meters deep. - Tupungato (Uco Valley) at 1.100 meters or 3.500 feet of elevation: Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Very shallow soil with gravels on surface combined with volcanic ashes and calcareous rocks. Very well drained. VSP, 1.7 to 1.8 meters high

Harvest

5,000 Kgs per hectare (2 tons per acre)

Winemaking

Aerated pump-overs with soft sprinkling of the cap, followed by pressing at the end of and up to 4 days after fermentation as determined by daily tasting results. No ltering. Cold soaks, acid correction, bleed-offs and addition of enzymes were not used during vinification. After each grape variety is fermented separetely, the final blend is done prior to the barrel ageing. Fermented in cement tanks at a maximum temperature up to 93-95oF with extensive pumping over for better extraction. 100% spontaneous malolactic fermentationin oak barrels.