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Producer: PiattelliGrape Varieties: 100% MalbecOptimum Drinking: Within 6 yearsWine Style: Well structured intense redAlcohol by Volume: 14.5%Closure: DiamCountry: Argentina
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.
2017 was an excellent vintage in Salta. The weather throughout the growing season was warm and dry, with no spring frosts. The temperatures were slightly cooler towards the end of the summer, but then they rose just before harvest ensuring the berries reached optimal maturity. The grapes were harvested in perfect health and are bursting with flavour.
The vines are grown at high altitude in Cafayate, situated at 1,700 metres above sea level surrounded by the Andes Mountains. Cafayate is one of the highest regions in the world suitable for viticulture and this high altitude is what defines the terroir of the region. The vines are exposed to intense sunlight which results in the grapes forming thicker and darker skins to protect themselves from the ultraviolet rays; leading to more colour and flavour concentration in the grapes. The diurnal temperature difference results in an extended ripening season, producing concentrated grapes bursting with flavour but with a balanced structure. The soils are formed of many geological layers.
The grapes were hand-picked and manually sorted to ensure no green material or imperfect fruit entered the must. Alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at 24° to 28°C, with selected yeasts and lasted for two weeks. The wine was transferred to seasoned oak barrels where it was aged for eight months.
A striking wine with a deep purple hue, the fruity aromatics of ripe blackberry and spice delight the senses. Beautifully balanced with bright fruit flavours, the palate is marked by its structure. Intense and spicy on the finish.
Tender roast beef, peppered steak, rich casseroles or an aubergine bake.
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