`Famiglia Bianchi` Malbec

San Rafael

Valentin Bianchi

The Bianchi family winery was founded in 1928 by Italian immigrant Valentin Bianchi....

It now covers 350 hectares of vineyard, situated 750m above sea level in San Rafael, about 240km south of Mendoza city. This is a cooler area than Mendoza's major vineyard areas of Luján de Cuyo and Agrelo because it is further south, which helps the flavours and perfumes develop more gradually, resulting in more aromatic wines. The estate is now run by the third generation of the family and has undergone a gradual transformation in the past few years, modernising both the winery and the vinification processes. Finca Los Primos comprises a range of excellent value varietals. Famiglia Bianchi, Particular and Enzo are each a step up in concentration and depth of fruit, from older and lower yielding vineyards.

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Vineyards

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.

Vintage Information

Winter 2014 was shorter than average. There were not enough snow storms in the mountains, which resulted in a significant decline in the amount of water available from the mountain rivers. The beginning of the springtime brought with it a few late frosts, which affected some regions and vineyards. This meant a lower production per hectare and consequently produced more concentrated grapes. February started with some summer rainfalls but was followed by a dry March and April. In general, harvest was shorter compared to previous vintages and has given wines with lovely natural acidity.

Vinification

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.

Tasting Notes

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.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Malbec
Region San Rafael, Mendoza
Winemaker Facundo Pereira
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%