Piattelli Vineyards 'Alto Molino', Malbec 2017

Piattelli Vineyards 'Alto Molino', Malbec 2017

11.50

Vibrant and fruity with a heady mix of dark, brambly fruits, plum notes combined with dark chocolate and a richly flavoured finish.

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Vintage - 2017

Country - Argentina

Region - Salta

Grape Varieties - Malbec 0%

Alcohol by volume - 14.5%

Bottle - 75cl

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; significant 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. 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.

2017 was an excellent vintage in Salta. The weather throughout the growing season was warm and dry, with no spring frosts. The temperatures were slightly cooler towards the end of the summer, but then they rose just before harvest ensuring the berries reached optimal maturity. The grapes were harvested in perfect health and are bursting with flavour.

From high in the Andes surrounding Salta come Piattelli's Cafayate wines, grown at an elevation of over 1,795 metres. The distinctively colourful north western Argentinian mountains are formed of many geological layers. The splendour of this area, with its pure water and extreme thermal amplitudes, is that it produces grapes bursting with flavour, making this not only one of the most beautiful, but also one of the premier grape growing regions in the world.

Vinified in the gravity flow winery, fermentation took place at controlled temperatures of between 24 to 28°C with selected yeasts. Pump overs and rack and returns took place to obtain the desired levels of extraction. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally and when completed the wine was separated from the solids and the freerun wine was stored in tanks until bottling. This wine was made in an unoaked style, preserving the purity of fruit.

An attractive and vibrant example of Argentinian Malbec, with its heady mix of plump, red fresh fruits and floral hints of violet, combined with sweet, firm tannins and a powerful finish. A great pairing for a pan-fried steak, tender roasted beef and rich mushroom risottos.