Valle de Uco
The Pere Verge family, more than just being owners of Monteviejo, Château Le Gay and Château La Violette, are a family devoted to making exceptional wines of terroir, power and elegance. Following the hemispheric seasons, winemaker Marcelo Pelleritti and his team are producing world class wines both in Mendoza and Bordeaux. The land comprises 130 hectares at between 1000 and 1200 meters above sea-level in Vista Flores, Tunuyan, 120km south of Mendoza city. The land’s slopes face the North and East giving them better sun exposure in the Southern Hemisphere. Ideal for high altitude grape growing. Monteviejo counts on a gravitational system with a double selection table for bunches and grapes. The objective is to transport the raw material without using pumps, taking care not to damage it in any part of the process. From the harvest to the bottling—passing down through barrels for ageing—the wine moves along the natural gradient. It is only the weight of the grapes that is used to move them from above to below.WINEMAKING & VINTAGE NOTES
The 2016 vintage was the coldest growing season in the last thirty years for Mendoza. The El Nino weather pattern began during the 2015 vintage and produced epic snowfalls in the high Andes. This led to historic levels of snow melt coming down into rivers and aquifers. In the begining the vintage appeared to be similar to the 1998 vintage with a wet spring and early summer. But a cold snap in the early fall saved the vintage. April 25th, during harvest, we had a significant snowfall that left a significant amount of the crop unharvested and further reduced yields. The wines produced in 2016 are unusually low in alcohol with very high aromatics, natural acidity, and profound elegance. Fruit is sorted and hand harvested in the field before fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steal tanks over 25 day period at 26° C. 100% stainless steelTASTING NOTES
Bright notes of violets are present, along with ripe red fruit aromas. In the mouth it is supple and elegant with a long pleasurable finish.