Vineyard: 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.
Orientation: The average elevation of the vineyard is 3,280 feet.
Soil: Deeper soils than at Mendel estate with a touch more clay.
Viticulture: Meticulous viticulture with balance the focus. All the vines are worked by hand as well as the harvest.
Vinification: No fining and no filtering.
Aging: 65% is aged 12 months in French oak (1/3 new, 1/3 one year, 1/3 two year) and 35% stainless steel.
Production: 2,500 cases
Notes: 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.
(14.5% alcohol; from very old vines on stony soil close to the river; 50% done in tank): Bright red-ruby. Blackberry and violet scents are accented by stony minerality. A sweet, pliant fruit bomb on the palate; surprisingly fleshy and broad but with lovely inner-mouth floral lift. An element of smoky minerality contributes complexity to the berry and plum fruit. Finishes with seamless tannins and excellent length. Quite substantial for this entry-level wine.
Publication: Other Press
Rating: 92 (Suckling)
Dark walnut and berry character. Medium body, silky and polished tannins and a flavorful finish. Really delicious now. Suckling