Malbec 2011

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda in the Eastern region of Mendoza. They are made by Alejandro Viggiani, a winemaker and viticulturist in charge of all Catena family vineyards in Eastern Mendoza. This Malbec exemplifies the true varietal character of Malbec from Mendoza.  The grapes are sourced from vineyard sites in the Eastern and Southern regions of Mendoza ranging in elevation from 1,968 to 3,937 feet above sea level.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of black cherries and plums are accompanied by notes of violets and vanilla. On the palate the wine is rich and full-bodied with flavors of juicy blackberries, cranberries, and black currants abound, followed by notes of vanilla and sweet spice.

Food Pairing

Pair this Malbec with a meat dish that mirrors its tangy berry flavors like Cranberry Pot Roast or Roast Duck with Sour Cherry Sauce.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Eastern and Southern Mendoza
Soil composition
Sand and loam
Training method
Pergola in East, VSP in South
Elevation
1800 - 3600 feet
Vines/acre
2200
Yield/acre
4 tons
Exposure
Northwestern
Harvest time
March
First vintage of this wine
2006
Bottles produced of this wine
576,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Malbec
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
10% New
Length of alcoholic fermentation
14 days
Fermentation temperature
78.8 - 82.4 °F
Maceration technique
Pump over, punch down, aeration and delestage
Maceration length
23
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
6 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French and American oak
Length of aging before bottling
9 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.5 %
pH level
3.75
Residual sugar
<2 g/L
Acidity
5.6 g/L

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