– Lot 3, La Piramide Vineyard, Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo (950m/3116ft). Alluvial origin. Clay topsoil with rounded rocks on the bottom. Plant selection: Selección Mendoza - Lot 2, Domingo Vineyard, Villa Bastías, Tupungato, Valle de Uco (1120m/3674ft). Alluvial origin. Silt loamy soil with limestone on the bottom. - Lot 2, Nicasia Vineyard, Altamira, Valle de Uco (1095m/3592ft). Alluvial origin. Loamy soil, with rounded rocks on the bottom.
“El Año Mendocino,” the Mendoza Year we call it. After a small cool vintage 2017, which we call “El Año Bordelés” (the Bordeaux Year) and a small, very cool and rainy year in 2016 “El Año Bourguignon” (the Burgundian year), we finally got a vintage that is classically Mendozan: dry, cool, sunny and with moderate yields in every region from the lowest to the highest altitudes. The summer of 2017 started out warm but then cooled off during the 2018 harvest months of February, March and April. This, in addition to the lower rainfall, gave rise to optimal balance in the fruit, with beautiful natural acidity, regional aromatic expression and smooth tannins.
Vineyard lots are harvested at different times to ensure optimal natural acidity and moderate alcohol levels. Whole berries are hand loaded into small format fermentation bins and 225-500 L barrels, roll fermentors; lots are treated individually; fermentation and maceration last for 28 - 30 days. Wild yeasts. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in barrel.
Aged for 18 months, depending on the vineyard and harvest time. French oak.