Mendoza has become one of the most dynamic wine producing regions in the world with an enviable array of grape varieties, many of which are planted at high altitudes. Our vines are located in the Uco Valley where the long summers mean the wines have wonderfully pure tasting fruit, and this Viñalba Malbec Cabernet Franc Reserve is an exceptional example of this. The wine is made to capture the beautiful purity of the grapes and get as much of that flavour as possible into the bottle. This wine has a complex nose of dark red fruits and spices with incredibly rich redcurrant and blackberry fruit flavours.
Vineyards & Viticulture
The soils in our vineyards are ideal for grape growing with clay loam and have very good permeability. The vines are grown in the foothills of mountain ranges and our estate is at 1200-1500m altitude. The vines are 45 years old on average for the Malbec and 10 years old for the Cabernet Franc. Our Viñalba Malbec Cabernet Franc Reservado vines come from high-quality massale-selected vineyards which use low frequency irrigation for controlling vigour and sun exposure to produce high-quality grapes.
The grapes are harvested at the end of March by hand into small trays of 20kg to prevent damage and then meticulously sorted in order to select the best grapes for this wine. Cold maceration takes for 5 days followed by fermentation in temperature controlled tanks at 26-28° with 4 pump overs per day and a period of 20 days of maceration.