WTF is this wine?!
We weren’t wine people when we visited Mendoza one Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. But after three days of mountain air, asado, and award-winning wine, we realized the world doesn’t need more wine people. It just needs great wine.
It's Malbec, it's pretty natural.
We harvest our grapes by hand into small bins and move them into stainless steel tanks, many in whole bunches. That's when the wild yeasts found naturally on the skins do their fermentation magic. Next we press everything to squeeze out a little more flavor. Then about 85% of it takes a final 6 month break to age in concrete pools while the rest hangs in fourth-use oak barrels.
And yeah, that's about it. We'd rather not add any extra stuff since the grapes know what to do.
Fine, more technical stuff.
This is 100% Malbec, courtesy of the 2015 harvest in Los Chacayes, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina, where it’s a nice 1250 meters above sea level. The soil there is alluvial with chalky topsoil and loamy clay at the bottom, but rest assured the color of this wine is quite different: it’s intense violet red with dark tones.
We took a deep breath and we smelled fruity aromas, full of black fruits, blackberries and ripe plums. Also we caught a whiff of mineral notes of wet stones. One of our friends said, “Wow, this is a lovely medium bodied wine with intense palate, with well- balanced acidity and fine tannins.” Sounds right to us.
Have it with steak and chimichurri.