Lujan De Cuyo
The vineyards are located in the Lunlunta hills in Lujan de Cuyo just at the southern end of the Mendel estate vineyard. The vines are on average 82 years old and all ungrafted.
The average elevation of the vineyard is 3,280 feet.
Deeper soils than at Mendel estate with a touch more clay.
Meticulous viticulture with balance the focus. All the vines are worked by hand as well as the harvest.
No fining and no filtering.
65% is aged 12 months in French oak (1/3 new, 1/3 one year, 1/3 two year) and 35% stainless steel.
Lunta Malbec comes from the southernmost parcel of the Mendel estate vineyard which lies in Lunlunta, a small district within Mendoza’s Lujan de Cuyo department as you approach the Mendoza River. These vines produce a fruitier, more medium-bodied wine as compared to the Well-structured Mendel Malbec, and it can be enjoyed at a younger age. Intense fruity aromas of raspberry, plum, blackberry and cassis immediately greet you upon first sniff. These explosive fruit notes continue on the palate of this light-bodied, easy to drink Malbec. Soft tannins give way to a long finish making this wine enjoyable on its own or paired with pork tenderloin or lamb.
The 2016 Lunta Malbec mixes grapes from old Malbec vineyards planted in 1928 in Mayor Drummond in Luján de Cuyo that yielded some 7,500 kilos of grapes per hectare. It fermented in stainless steel vats, and half of the wine was kept in those vats, while the other half matured in second and third use French oak barriques for 12 months. It might have less concentration and structure, but the wine has very good freshness. It was cropped from an extremely rainy vintage, which caused some issues; fortunately, it was also cold, so there was not much botrytis (there was quite a lot of mildew, though)—a clear El Niño vintage. It's very fruit-driven and juicy, pleasant and balanced. 85,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2017.
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