`Tupungato Vineyard` Blend

Valle de Uco

Finca Flichman Dedicado

The winery was founded in 1910 by Polish immigrant Don Sami Flichman.  He...

purchased property in Barrancas (southern Maipú) and planted vines in rocky, well-drained plots situated along the Mendoza river. It was Sami’s son Isaac who first began to make fine wine at the estate, including Caballero de la Cepa, one of the first high-quality wines that garnered international awareness for premium Argentinian wines. Sogrape Vinhos purchased Finca Flichman in 1998, and invested heavily in restoring the vineyards and equipping the winery with modern equipment. The original Barrancas vineyard remains among their 400 hectares of vines, which also includes the higher altitude Tupungato vineyard. Today the wines are made by German Berra, one of Argentina’s brightest talents, who was recognised as the ‘Best Young Winemaker’ in the Argentina Wine Awards in 2016.

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Vineyards

The Dedicado is made from the best hand-harvested fruit from the high-altitude Tupungato vineyards in the Valle de Uco. Renowned viticultural consultant Pedro Parra of Clos des Fous consults on the vineyard locations. Situated at the foot of the Andes, the vineyards benefit from large diurnal temperature variations which result in longer ripening seasons and more elegant wines.

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 spring brought with it a few late frosts, which affected some regions and vineyards in the Uco Valley. This meant lower production per hectare and consequently 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 gave wines with lovely natural acidity and well structured tannins.

Vinification

A blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot spent nine days fermenting at 27-30°C and underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was then aged for 12 months in French and American oak followed by eight months in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes

Deep red with violet nuances, this wine is brimming with ripe, red fruits, plums and redcurrants, along with a hint of spicy oak. On the palate, it has concentrated flavours, firm tannins and a vein of minerality. The finish is long and complex.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 50% Malbec
45% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Merlot
Region Valle de Uco, Mendoza
Winemaker Germán Berra
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 5.4g/l
Residual Sugar 2.1g/l