Gualtallary District, Tupungato Region, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Parcel Name: White Stones
Parcel surface: 2,5 Hectares
Soil composition: Alluvial river bed. Stony soil.
Altitude: 4.757 ft (1.450 m) elevation.
Dry weather (precipitations 20-60% lower than usual), small berries and slightly lower yields; cooler temperatures overall. The 2019 harvest happened about 1-3 weeks earlier than usual, and the grapes were in pristine condition with not a drop of botrytis or downy mildew.
We were concerned that there would be problems with frost, because of the dry spring, but a constant evening breeze made frosts rare this year. And outside of Agrelo, there were no significant hail storms. We expected the harvest to be larger than usual, but the combination of dry weather and cool climate resulted in yields slightly lower than the norm.
Cold settling for 12 hours in stainless steel tanks at 6ºC. Fermentation in French oak barrels for 45 - 95 days at 16°C. Battonage. Partial malolactic fermentation.
Aged for 12-16 months in 2nd, 3d and 4th use French oak barrels.