Bodega Colome Estate Malbec 2013


     GOLD - IWC 2016 


     Deep bright red with a magenta hue. Aromas of black and red fruits including blackberries, blackcurrants, raspberries and cherries, with touches of violet floral notes and hints of spices and minerals. Fresh and fruity on the palate with muscular structure and round, velvety tannins. A fine, delicate yet lengthy finish. 

    The altitude of the Calchaqui Valley has a positive impact on the quality of the grapes because the sun‘s ultraviolet rays are present to a higher degree. The higher the altitude, the more exposed the grapes are to the sun‘s ultraviolet rays, which makes them able to generate a thicker and darker skin to protect themselves. This leads to more colour and concentration of flavour building up in the grapes. The climate here is dry with very little rainfall, on average around 120mm per year. A large difference (20°C) between day and night aids the retention of natural acidity within the grapes. Soils are sandy with layers of gravel which aid drainage. The vineyards are all farmed biodynamically.

    The grapes were harvested by hand at the end of April 2011 into 12kg boxes. Yields were six tonnes per hectare.

    Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were hand sorted twice to ensure no green material or imperfect fruit entered the must. Fermentation was slow due to the altitude (lower oxygen) and followed by an extended maceration period of 25-30 days to extract good levels of colour and tannin. Malolactic fermentation occurred half in barrel and half in stainless steel tank. The wine aged for 15 months in French oak barrels of which 20% was new, 80% second fill. The wine was bottled in August 2012.

    14.5% abv

    Bodega Colome Estate Malbec 2013
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