Valentin Bianchi Organic Malbec 2014

£12.99

TASTING NOTE

Intense ruby with a glint of violet. Raspberry aromas mix with prunes, spices, tobacco and subtle mocha notes. Full-bodied and smooth on the palate with rounded tannins. Coffee and bitter chocolate from the oak ageing add complexity to the mature red fruit character on the long, well-balanced finish.

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.

An early frost in the second week of November caused vines to lose flowers and experience poor fruit set. After the frost, cool, dry weather persisted through February until rains arrived at the end of the month which continued into the first week of March. Overall, cool temperatures throughout the season delayed maturation, but an Indian summer ripened grapes before harvest.

The grapes were hand picked, then fermented at temperatures not exceeding 30ºC, with gentle and frequent pumping over for a period of 21 days to ensure good extraction of colour and ripe tannins. The wine was then aged for 12 months in French oak (75%) and American oak (25%) barriques of which 33% were new, 33% were one year old and 33% were two years old, before bottling. 

 

14.5% abv
Valentin Bianchi Organic Malbec 2014
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