This Malbec comes from Alpamanta’s vineyard in Mendoza’s Luján de Cuyo region. Certified Organic and Biodynamic, the vines are planted near Ugarteche at 950 metres above sea level. The breeze here is fresh, the sun is bright, skies are clear, and rainfall is minimal. Vines are fed by the mineral-rich alluvial soil and pure water that runs from the Andes Range. This vineyard is more than a place to grow grapes. It is very much alive.
Fruit was hand-harvested in small boxes, then carried to the winery. Following a 15-day maceration, the wine was fermented in stainless steel by indigenous yeast. Afterward, it matured ten months in tank. Alpamanta’s wines are bottled with minimal intervention; filtering, fining, and additional sulfur are kept to a minimum.
This is a young, fresh take on Malbec. Grapes from this unique corner of the Alpamanta vineyard express pretty spiced red fruit aromas of plum and raspberry. Medium in body with a neat sour cherry acidity, Malbec’s silky tannins are here, gentle yet firm.
“Good, simple, honest, fruity malbec here, with high drinkability. I like the purity of expression and the furry-firm tannins. Chill nonetheless and bring on the grilled chorizo.”
John Szabo, MS, Oct 2018