Valentin Bianchi Famiglia Bianchi Malbec 2014

£12.99

 

TASTING NOTE

The luscious, intense fruit aromas have hints of ripe plums, cherries and blackberries. These aromas continue on the palate with a generous mouthfeel and great weight, while remaining soft and silky.

The grapes for this wine come primarily from the Doña Elsa Estate, situated in Rama Caída, San Rafael, Mendoza, around 760m above sea level. It is an ideal climate for the Malbec grape because of the warm days and cool nights that are typical of the area. The soil is sand and limestone.

San Rafael had a challenging growing season, with frosts and strong winds in spring reducing some yields. December through to February were hot, but then the weather cooled in March and delayed harvest. This allowed the grapes to mature more slowly in the last weeks before they were picked.

 

The grapes were hand picked, then fermented for seven days at temperatures not exceeding 30ºC, with gentle and frequent pumping over to ensure extraction of good colour and ripe tannins. Extended maceration for three weeks took place on a small percentage of the Malbec. It was aged for ten months in new French (80%) and American (20%) oak barriques before bottling. The wine was aged a further ten months in bottle before release.

14.5% abv

Valentin Bianchi Famiglia Bianchi Malbec 2014
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