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Country - Argentina
Region - Salta
Grape Varieties - Malbec 100%
Alcohol by volume - 14.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Piattelli Vineyards
Tasting notes - A striking wine with a deep purple hue, the fruity aromatics of ripe plum and violet delight the senses. Full bodied, with bright fruit flavours of dried berries and pomegranate, the palate is marked by its structure. Intense and spicy on the finish.
91Pts, James Suckling, 2016
A smooth and refined Malbec with a fruity bouquet of
ripe plum, violet and dried berries.
The Piattelli Vineyards lie in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, where the century
old vines are irrigated by the pure waters melting from the snow crested peaks; a
significant aspect in making their wines exquisite. At Piattelli Vineyards great pride is
taken in crafting wines with a sense of place, as each region has distinct terroirs and
microclimates. Mendoza and Cafayate are two of the best grape growing regions in
Argentina and they wanted to showcase both. Led by head winemaker Valeria
Antolin, the wines are produced through her passionate pursuit of perfection. Their
gravity fed winery in Cafayate honours their commitment to sustainable practices.
Piattelli Vineyards practises sustainable farming and their Mendoza vineyards are
USDA certified organic. The grapes are cultivated with arid clean air, crystal clear
water and nutrient rich soil and their award winning wines are produced with
wisdom, precision and love.
Rain and hail created challenging conditions in 2016, but El Niño had a lesser effect
in Cafayate than in other regions. A cooler vintage, with spring frosts which reduced
yields. Attention in the vineyard resulted in a harvest with good quality grapes.
The vines are grown at high altitude in Cafayate, situated at 1,700 metres above sea
level surrounded by the Andes Mountains. Cafayate is one of the highest regions in
the world suitable for viticulture and this high altitude is what defines the terroir of the
region. The vines are exposed to intense sunlight which results in the grapes forming
thicker and darker skins to protect themselves from the ultraviolet rays; leading to
more colour and flavour concentration in the grapes. The diurnal temperature
difference results in an extended ripening season, producing concentrated grapes
bursting with flavour but with a balanced structure. The soils are formed of many
The grapes were hand-picked and manually sorted to ensure no green material or
imperfect fruit entered the must. The must underwent a three day cold maceration
at 10°C. Alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at 24° to 28°C,
followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine was transferred to American oak
barrels of second and third use and aged for eight months. The wine was bottle
aged for six months.
A striking wine with a deep purple hue, the fruity aromatics of ripe plum and violet
delight the senses. Full bodied, with bright fruit flavours of dried berries and
pomegranate, the palate is marked by its structure. Intense and spicy on the finish.
Tender roast beef, peppered steak, rich casseroles or an aubergine bake.
91Pts, James Suckling, 2016
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