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Producer: Andeluna CellarsGrape Varieties: 100% Cabernet SauvignonOptimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Structured full bodied intense redAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: Argentina
Founded in 2003, Andeluna produces premium wines of world class recognition. The vineyard covers 70 hectares in the beautiful Uco Valley near Tupungato, one of the best subregions of Mendoza. By night you can often see the moon illuminating the magnificent Andes Mountains nearby and the winery has been named after this stunning scene. Situated at an altitude of 1,300 metres, the vineyard produces some of the best fruit in Argentina. Winemaker, Manuel Gonzalez (previously Head Winemaker at Pulenta Estate and Chief Oenologist at Trivento) works alongside Andeluna's wine consultant Hans Vinding Diers to make outstanding wines which have propelled this producer into the global spotlight in a very short space of time. Their Pasionado range is only made in exceptional vintages and rivals some of the great wines of the world.
2014 was a challenging vintage with severe frosts significantly reducing the yields. December and January saw heatwaves which helped the growing season to progress, but late season heavy rainfall and lower temperatures just before the harvest threatened the vintage with mildew and rot. The timing of the harvest was crucial to avoid rot and careful selections took place, vinifying only the best grapes. The wines show fine aromatics and fruit concentration, with refined tannins.
The grapes were grown in vineyards located in Tupangato, at over 1,300 metres above sea level. The area is characterised by its wide diurnal temperature range, which produces grapes with a great intensity of colour and a distinctive aromatic expression. The vineyards are adequately irrigated through a drip management system, which provides exactly the right amount of water needed by the plant. Canopy management in the vineyard controls yields and produces small, concentrated berries with the perfect amount of sun exposure. The vines are grown in alluvial, sandy soils and are manually harvested once the grapes have reached optimum maturity levels.
The clusters were carefully selected by hand before vinification. Pre-fermentation maceration took place at low temperatures, to extract colour, tannins and aromas. Fermentation took place using selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks at temperatures maintained at around 26°C. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for a period of eight to 12 months and then cellared in bottles for a minimum of six months, prior to being released.
Rich and intense aromas of black pepper and bell pepper are seamlessly supported by notes of cassis and ripe cherry. The red fruit flavours on the palate are concentrated and pure, complemented by a touch of spice. Ripe tannins on the palate lead to a deliciously long finish.
Grilled meats, rich lasagne or moussaka.
Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
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