Piattelli Vineyards – Grand Malbec, Cafayate – 2019/20

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A rich and inky red with aromas of black fruits, cedar and a touch of violet. Intense and smooth on the palate with an opulent and mouth-filling texture.

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PRODUCER NOTE:
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 care.

VINTAGE:
2019 – 2019 offered excellent climatic conditions; there were no incidences of frost or hail, so the vines followed their natural growth progression. The warm, dry weather throughout the growing period resulted in healthy, vibrant fruit full of varietal characteristics.

2020 – 2020 was one of the earliest and warmest vintages on record. With low rainfall throughout the season, a cool and dry winter was followed by a hot summer. The combination of no winter snow and hydric stress from the hot, dry summer meant that yields were significantly reduced. The berries were smaller and matured at a much quicker rate than usual. The harvest was brought forward by approximately one month in most cases. It was essential to pick at the right moment, to ensure good acidity balanced the mature tannins and concentrated flavours.

VINEYARD:
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 is the pure water and extreme thermal amplitudes. The diurnal temperature differences create longer ripening periods, which concentrates the flavours in the grapes, with the cooler evenings encouraging a balancing freshness. Additionally, the grapes develop thicker skins to cope with the intensity of the UV rays at this altitude, which further concentrates the flavours in the wine. This makes this not only one of the most beautiful, but also one of the premier grape growing regions in the world.

WINEMAKING:
Made from the fruit representing the best of the crop. The grapes were hand-picked and destemmed. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with post fermentation maceration lasting for two weeks. When fermentation was complete, the wine was racked to first use French oak barrels, where it went through malolactic conversion and was aged for 12 months.

TASTING NOTE:
A rich and inky Malbec full of aromas of blueberries, cedar and spice. Opulent and textured, with wonderful fruit concentration and beautifully integrated oak, through to a long, persistent finish.

GRAPE:
Malbec 100%.

COUNTRY:
Argentina

REGION:
Salta

SUB-REGION:
Cafayate

Additional information

Country

Argentina

Region

Salta

Sub-region

Cafayate

Producer / Winery

Piattelli Vineyards

Winemaker

Alejandro Nesman

Style

Red Wine

Vintage

2019, 2020

Alcoholic Strength

14.5%, 15%

Body Value (A being light-bodied, E being full-bodied)

D

Residual Sugar

3.5 g/L

Contains Sulphites

Yes

Vegetarian

Yes

Vegan

Yes

Milk

No

Eggs

No

Organic

No

Biodynamic

No

Format Available

75cl

Closure

Diam

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