Piattelli Vineyards, Grand Malbec 2016

Piattelli Vineyards, Grand Malbec 2016

16.00

A rich and fragrant red, with aromas of black fruits, cedar and a touch of smoke. Intense and fruit forward on the palate, with a silky, balanced finish.

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Vintage - 2016

Country - Argentina

Region - Salta

Grape Varieties - Malbec 100%

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.

2016 was a dry, hot vintage, which reduced any disease pressure in the vineyard and ensured healthy grapes at harvest time. The harvest started earlier than usual as the grapes reached optimal ripeness.

From high in the Andes surrounding Salta come Piattelli's Cafayate wines, grown at an elevation of over 1,795 metres. The distinctively colourful 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.

The grapes were hand-picked and destemmed. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and lasted for two weeks. When fermentation was complete, the wine was racked to second use oak barrels where it was aged for 12 months.

A rich and fragrant wine which represents the best of the crop. An intense Malbec with aromas of blackberries, prunes, chocolate and a touch of vanilla. The palate has great structure and concentration with textured tannins and a wonderfully persistent finish. Pair with barbequed pork, braised lamb shanks, pan-fried steak or spicy, grilled vegetables.