`Mala Vida` Valencia


Bodegas Arráez

Bodegas Arráez, located in Valencia, was established by local growers in 1916 to...

enable them to vinify their own harvest. In 1950, Don Antonio Arráez bought this property and it has been in the hands of the Arráez family ever since. The vineyards are 90 kilometres from the Mediterranean at 600-800 metres altitude, giving freshness to the grapes grown in this hot region. All the grapes are hand-picked. "Vivido" means "live life to the full".

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Mala Vida comes from a sustainably farmed vineyard with vines that are between 15 and 30 years old, grown on limestone soils in the Terres de Alforins area.

Vintage Information

Harvest began in the third week of September and finished at the end of October.


The wine is a fruit-forward blend of 30% Tempranillo, 20% Shiraz, 30% Monastrell and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, fermented in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation took place before the wine was aged in a mixture of French and American oak barrels for eight months to add depth and roundness.

Tasting Notes

'Mala Vida' means 'the bad side of the good life' and the playful label depicts a draughts board of sin. The wine is a clear purple red, with intense aromas of red and black fruit and subtle vanilla and coconut from oak ageing. The unctuous palate has sweet, ripe tannins and long-lasting fruit flavours.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 30% Monastrell
30% Tempranillo
20% Cabernet Sauvignon
20% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Valencia
Winemaker Toni Arráez
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5g/l
Residual Sugar 4g/l
Wine pH 3.75