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Producer: Finca QuaraGrape Varieties: 100% MalbecOptimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Intense complex and elegant redAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Argentina
The Lavaque family arrived in Argentina in 1886 and Felix Fortunato Lavaque travelled to Cafayate, Salta (Northern Argentina) in search of land to plant vines, he saw great potential in the natural resources available and so within this high altitude oasis he purchased land and vineyards. Felix was the first to plant noble varieties which at that time were called "French" and composed of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat. Today these same emblematic varieties remain an important part of the Lavaque portfolio and the family has worked hard in the region to develop not only the wines but also to ensure it is a thriving community.The Finca Quara winery and vineyards are over 1800 metres above sea level, which imparts great character in the wines. It is a valley surrounded by mountains, with cool nights and warm days and just enough rain to almost stress the vines, which combine to provide grapes that are rich in flavours.To further enhance these excellent conditions they add the work of a great team of winemakers consisting of Luis Mounier, Pancho Lavaque and Marcelo Peleritti. The results are elegant wines with personality which always respect what the terroir provides.
Tasting Note: Violets, perfume and smoking meats fill this elegant and intense Malbec. The palate is concentrated but with soft and gentle tannins. Vanilla pod, warm toast and plum jam lead to notes of tobacco leaf and cooked herbs on the lengthy finish.
Producer: Finca Quara
Variety: 100% Malbec
Location: Cafayate Valley, Salta
Altitude: 1,800 metres above sea level
Alcohol: 14% ABV
Vinification Process: After hand picking the fruit undergoes a cold maceration for 3 to 4 days. Fermentation with selected yeasts at controlled temperatures between 24° and 26°C with twice daily remontages and one delestage. Total maceration is for 3 weeks and includes 100% malolactic fermentation. Then this Malbec is rested in first and second fill oak barrels (50% French, 50% American) for 12 months at a controlled temperature between 15° and 18°C.
Awards & Recognition: Double gold award in CWSA 2013. 90 points, Tim Atkin 2015
Food Pairing: Serve with rare Filet Mignon; the rich sweetness of the meat working perfectly with the soft, herby tannins.
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