75cl * Vegan & Organic * 13.5% ABV * Uco Valley, Argentina
One of Uco Valley’s most desirable sub-regions, Los Chacayes is located in the centre of the Tunuyán region. An IG since 2017, it has only around 1,000 hectares of its alluvial soil under vine. Vineyards are planted at 1,100 - 1,500m above sea level and experience day-to-night temperature variations of 10-15°C supporting development of aromatic compounds and phenolic maturation for good colour and tannin. Malbec here tends to show bright red fruit aromas and a robust tannic backbone.
A pioneer in the Uco Valley, Bodega Piedra Negra was established in 1996. François Lurton was the first person to plant vines in the foothills of the Andes Cordillera (at an altitude of 1,100 m.a.sl.) in semi-desert conditions in the middle of what would become the Geographical Indication of Los Chacayes. The poor, gravelly, alluvial soil reminded him of Pessac-Léognan in Bordeaux! Drawing on expertise acquired all over the world, he immediately introduced environmentally friendly growing methods. His 99 hectares of vines are managed organically and in adherence to biodynamic principles. In addition to Argentine selections of Malbec, the estate also grows French selections of the grape (known as Cot).
Fermentation starts with indigenous yeasts taking about 7 days. The wine is aged in concrete tanks for a few weeks before bottling to preserve freshness and purity of this expression. Fresh and aromatic nose with notes of violet, wild berries. Concentrated yet very soft palate with blueberry & blackberry aromas. A delicate structure with velvety tannins and a long and harmonious finish.
Pair with grilled red meats, cold meat platters, empanadas, kebabs, Middle Eastern dishes.