Malbec 2017

Grapes are sourced from five vineyards with sandy loam soils, ranging in elevation 3,300 - 5,000 feet above sea level. Vista Flores vineyard has flavors of spice, red fruits and minerality. La Consulta adds black fruit and mid-palate weight while Altamira's fruit has notes of violets. Eugenio Bustos vineyard offers racy acidity and floral notes while adding to the violet color. Gualtallary vineyard, at the highest altitude, brings deep purple color and additional floral and black fruit notes balanced with acidity.

About the Vineyard

Located high in the Andes foothills of Argentina’s famed Uco Valley of Mendoza, Vista del Sur is a state-of-the-art winery. Its vineyards are among the highest in the world, ranging in altitude from 3,300 to 5,000 feet. Here the grapes enjoy the perfect combination of growing elements; intense desert sunlight contrasting with cool nightly temperatures. 

Tasting Notes

Aromas of ripe red fruits with hints of spices and violets.  The palate opens with notes of plum marmalade and gives way to hints of vanilla.  Round tannins lead into a ripe fruit finish. 

Food Pairing

A highly heralded match with grilled meats, complementing rich smoky flavors with the wine’s ripe juicy profile. Also pairs well with grilled or roasted vegetables, pasta dishes and rich sauces.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Vista Flores, La Consulta, Altamira, Gualtallary, and Eugenio Bustos vineyards
Soil composition
Sandy-Loam
Training method
VSP
Elevation
3,200 - 5,000 feet
Vines/acre
1,600
Yield/acre
3.3 tons
Exposure
Eastern / Western
Harvest time
March-May
First vintage of this wine
2007
Bottles produced of this wine
300
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
90% Malbec, 7% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Franc
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation
12 days
Maceration technique
Cold Soak Maceration, Racking, Punchdown, and Pumpovers
Maceration length
12 days; 18
Type of aging container
Barriques and Cement vats
Length of bottle aging
4 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French and American
Length of aging before bottling
9 months
Certified Vineyards
SMETA and BSCI Certified
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.7 %
pH level
3.8
Residual sugar
4.9 g/L
Acidity
5.2 g/L

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