Andes 1,100 Meter Red Blend 2016

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Temperatures were generally cooler throughout summer and especially in early Autumn, leading to unusually high natural acidity (lower pH's) and relatively low sugar/alcohol levels - the perfect balance. Nights were cooler than average and harvest happened between 7 and 10 days later than usual, giving us bright aromatics in addition to the hang-time related velvetiness in the tannins. Overall cooler climate and cooler nights give us wines with bright acidity and aromatics, and the velvety tannins that come from a longer hang-time. Although these wines will have the necessary acidity and tannins to age, it might be hard for many to refrain from their immediate appeal. In summary, the 2013 harvest is characterized by optimal fruit set and normal yields. Overall cooler climate and cooler nights give us wines with bright acidity and aromatics, and the velvety tannins that come from a longer hang-time. Although these wines will have the necessary acidity and tannins to age, it might be hard for many to refrain from their immediate appeal

About the Vineyard

Vista del Sur is a new state-of-the-art winery in the Uco Valley, high in the Andes foothills of Argentina’s famed Mendoza wine-making region.

Ranging in altitude from 3,300 to 5,000 feet, Vista del Sur’s vineyards are among the highest in the world and enjoy the perfect combination of elements for growing the finest Malbec. Intense desert sunlight, very cool nightly temperatures, and dry sandy soil provide the fruit with long hang times and concentrated flavors without excessive sugar.

Tasting Notes

Intense nose with Malbec traces of ripe, sweet plum and blackberry laced with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah spice fragrances. Barrel aging provides further complexity with delicate oak and vanilla flavors.

Food Pairing

This unctuous and jammy wine is ideal with honey glazed pork, grilled sirloin steak, or with orange sauce and lamb tagine recipes.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Valle de Uco
Vineyard name:
Vista Del Sur
Soil composition:
Sandy-Loam
Training method:
VSP
Elevation:
3,200-5,000 feet
Exposure:
Eastern / Western
Harvest time:
March-May
First vintage of this wine:
2012
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
60% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 5% Bonarda
Prefermentation technique:
Cold soak
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
7-12 days
Fermentation temperature:
77-80 °F
Maceration technique:
Punchdown and Pumpovers
Type of oak:
French and American
Length of aging before bottling:
6-9 Months in 50% French 50% American Oak (25% New Oak)
Length of bottle aging:
Minimum of 3 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
13.2 %
pH level:
3.8
Residual sugar:
3.6 g/L
Acidity:
5.6 g/L

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