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El Esteco Altimus 2011
£143.99 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
Tasting Note: A complex wine with refined aromas of baked red fruits, dark chocolate and toasty oak. Ripe and powerful tannins give structure to the intense flavours of black fruits, liquorice & chocolate found on the palate.
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Grapes: Grape Malbec 54 ; Grape Cabernet Sauvignon 25 ; Grape Cabernet Franc 11 ; Grape Tannat 10
A complex wine with refined aromas of baked red fruits, dark chocolate and toasty oak. Ripe and powerful tannins give structure to the intense flavours of black fruits, liquorice & chocolate found on the palate.
Altimus is the signature wine of El Esteco. Each year, Alejandro Pepa, the chief winemaker, changes its composition making every vintage unique and unrepeatable. This blend is made from the estates best parcels and from the harvest’s best grapes. Harvest is done either very early in the morning or at night when it is cooler and put into small 18 kg cases. A second selection is done in the crushing area and just the free run juice, which has greater
concentration, is used for Altimus. Each varietal is vinified separately. After alcoholic fermentation in small stainless steel vats and spontaneous malolactic fermentation, the juice is pumped over to obtain maximum colour concentration before being placed in small French barrels to be aged for 12 months.
After aging, the final blend is made and placed once more in French barrels for 6 extra months. Finally, the wine is bottled unfiltered and un-fined to preserve the unique character
Deep, poor, rocky soils. Irrigation from the Andes. Wide thermal amplitude with big differences (approximatelly 22° C between the minimun during the cold mornings and nights, and the maximun during sunny days). Dry climate, little rainfall, 120mm of rain a year, 15% humidity and 350 days of sunshine. Cold mornings and nights, and long hot days result in wines that are highly concentrated in colour, aromas and flavors with a unique fruity character.
Ideal with glazed beef short ribs!
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