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Almarada Malbec 2022

Country: Argentina
Winery: Almarada
Varietal: Malbec
UPC Code: 858441006798
Tasting Notes:

Harvesting is done in small plastic bins, by hand. Best-quality bunches are selected in the winery on a conveyor belt, prior to destemming. Grapes are lightly crushed and stored in the fermen-tation tanks. The grapes are subjected to a pre-fermentation cooling in the winery, bringing the temperature of the down to around 45 degrees F for 7 days. Yeast is added and the subsequent fermentation temperature is kept below 80 degrees F. Following the alcoholic ferment, the wine is macerated for a long period of time, before 30% of the wine is transferred to new and used French and American oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and subsequent ageing for 6 months. The balance is kept ins steel tanks where it too undergoes malo. Following this, the different batches are blended, bottled and aged in the winery cellar for 1 year before release. The decision was made long ago, to produce a style of Malbec that remained fresh and vibrant, without its brightness succumbing to a heavy handed wood regimen. This helps to capture the violet hues typical of the variety, also showing the identity of the terroir where it is planted at 950 meters above sea level, at the foot of the Andes Mountains.

Clean, deep with excellent acidity, good attack in the mouth, sweet tannins and great persistence. It is a
typical Tupungato Malbec, with the presence of violets and red fruits on the nose, and a typical strawberry
component on the palate.

Awards, Reviews, And Other Notes:

90 pts James Suckling
90 pts Descorchados

Winemaker Notes:

Antonio Mas was born in Mendoza and holds a degree in Agronomy. He has devoted his time to study every clone from the varieties he has cultivated and vinified and is one of the leading experts in his field. In 1991 he built his first boutique winery – Finca La Anita. Antonio was inspired by the concept of French Château: vineyards of great genetic and varietal purity, identifying clones of every variety, and growing grapes and vinifying them near the same place where they were planted, from specific plots – true single vineyards. In 2010 he decided to create his own, top notch equipment as there were no options in the market. He had to import barrels as there were no other ways to get them. He developed a new vineyard in Tupungato at an elevation of 1.100 meters above sea level. The result was the beginning of boutique wineries in Argentina, a term which he never felt comfortable with. Thanks to 50 years of winemaking he is considered one of the most prestigious Argentinean winemakers. His new winery – Antonio Mas Wines – is the crowning of his career.

The grapes for this wine are hand-picked. Bunch selection is made at veraison and again after the harvest in the winery, before destemming and crushing. The alcoholic fermentation takes place in steel tanks, following maceration and takes roughly 4/6 days. Since the maceration temps are cool, cultured yeasts have to be used for the ferment (wild yeasts die at cool temps). At the beginning of the fermentation, wine is pumped over as many times as possible in order to achieve a rapid multiplication of the yeast colony. Following this process, the pump overs are reduced. Post ferment maceration takes 7-10 days. Once settled, wine is racked off to barrels – 10% of American oak and 90% of French oak (medium plus toast). Barrel ageing is brief – typically 3-4 months and no racking occurs during this time. Wine is later blended and filtered by a tangential filter, before being bottled. A tiny sulfur adjustment is made pre-bottling.