Matias Riccitelli is the son of renowned winemaker Jorge Riccitelli. Having worked at some of the most prestigious wineries in Argentina and several vintages around the world, Matias used his experience, knowledge and passion and set up his own winery in 2009. His vineyards cover 50 hectares located in three selected sites within the premium growing region of Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza. This is a young and dynamic project in which Matias is seeking to express the full potential of Argentine terroir.
2018 has been cited as a more classic year for Mendoza. Lower temperatures and rainfall than previous vintages between February and April allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and gradually, producing fresh wines with smooth tannins.
The Malbec comes from extremely old, low-yielding vines that were planted in 1927 and produce intensely concentrated fruit. The vineyard is located in Las Compuertas, Luján de Cuyo, where the soils are made up of loamy clay over alluvial. The Cabernet Franc grapes are grown in the mountainous vineyard of Los Chacayes, in the Uco Valley, on boulder soils. The blend of these two regions and varieties produces a beautifully balanced wine; the intensely concentrated Malbec with the mountainous Cabernet Franc which lends freshness from the cooler altitudes. The grapes are hand-harvested at optimum maturity into small 20kg cases to preserve the quality of the fruit. The vineyards are in conversion to organic status, no herbicides are used and the vineyards are cultivated using ecologically friendly methods to respect the environment and the biodiversity of the vineyard.
This blend was made by Matias Riccitelli and his father Jorge, to showcase concentrated Malbec from ancient vineyards with the intensity that develops from Cabernet Franc grown in mountain soils. The grapes were meticulously selected by hand prior to vinification. 20% was vinified as whole cluster, to impart structure and complexity, the remaining 80% was destemmed. The grapes were fed by gravity into small French oak vats, where fermentation took place with indigenous yeasts at temperatures of between 26° and 28°C. Vinification took place without any additions and the cap was very gently submerged by hand in order to achieve a slow extraction of flavours, aromas, colour and tannins. The ageing continued in 2,000 litre oak foudres for 16 months, before being bottled without fining or filtration.
A fine and stylish wine of great aromatic intensity, with a core of black fruits surrounded by liquorice, spice and floral notes. Remarkably balanced and deliciously smooth with firm, yet elegant tannins, this has wonderful personality and an endless finish.
Malbec 70%, Cabernet Franc 30%.
Lujan de Cuyo