Mendoza Malbec

Mendoza

Viñas de Barrancas

Sami Flichman bought land and founded his estate in Lulunta, southeast of Mendoza,...

in 1910. As there was a nearby vineyard, he assumed he’d be able to plant vines. However, the glacial river bed soil on the property was too free draining at a time when he didn’t have enough water, so he came up with the ingenious and outrageous plan of bringing clay from the nearby Barrancas hills. 40,000 trips later, he had covered the glacial soil with 1-2 metres of clay in order to plant vines on 40 hectares of land. Today, the clay soil ensures a juicier, richer style of Malbec and Germán ensures the resulting wine is fresh and fragrant. It offers great value for money.

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Vineyards

The grapes are mostly sourced from the Barrancas region in Southern Maipú, where the clay soil ensures a juicier style of Malbec. The vineyards sit at high altitudes of approximately 750 metres above sea level, meaning there are large temperature differences between day and night. This extends the growing seasons and helps to retain freshness and finesse in the wines.

Vintage Information

Dry and cold spells in spring, along with rain in November and December, reduced yields. However, the rest of the vintage passed normally, without rain during ripening. The early reduction in yield meant the remaining grapes were more intense in terms of flavour. Harvest started on 10th February and continued until 15th March.

Vinification

After harvest and careful sorting at the winery, the grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks. The resulting wine was then aged for a further a six months in tank to preserve bright fruit flavours and freshness in the wine.

Tasting Notes

This is a very perfumed Malbec showing lifted red berry aromas on the nose. The fresh fruity characters continue on the palate, revealing juicy notes of plum and cherry. Vibrant and youthful, this wine has a pleasant finish that invites another glass.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 95% Malbec
5% Ancellotta
Region Mendoza
Winemaker Germán Berra & Alberto Antonini
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5g/l
Residual Sugar 3g/l
Wine pH 3.4