“FESTIVO” MALBEC, VALLE DE UCO

Monteviejo

APPELLATION

Valle de Uco

GRAPE VARIETIES

100% Malbec

WINEMAKERS

Marcelo Pelleriti

TECHNICAL DATA

Alcohol
14%

2018

92POINTS

JamesSuckling.com
MARCH 2019
2019

91POINTS

JamesSuckling.com
APRIL 2020
BACKGROUND

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 Pelleriti and his team are producing world class wines both in Mendoza and Bordeaux.

Monteviejo comprises 130 hectares between 1000 and 1200 meters above sea-level in Vista Flores, Tunuyán, 120km south of Mendoza city. The estate vineyard slopes face north and east to capture as much sunlight as possible, necessary for grapes grown in high altitudes. Vineyards are planted with a high density of 5,500 plants per hectare, in small parcels between 1 and 3 ha in size, allowing for traceability in the vineyard.

Low-production, high-quality clones were chosen for the vineyard’s traditional French varieties. For the cultivation of Malbec, native grapes from ancient vineyards were selected for their excellent and unique adaptability to the soil.

Monteviejo counts on a gravitational system - consisting of a double conveyor belt – to select berries and bunches. The objective is to transport the raw material without using pumps, taking care not to damage the grape 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

Located in the Vale de Uco, Argentina’s top production zone. The sandy loamy soils are combined with mica, making it very dry and permeable.

The harvest is hand-picked with sorted twice by bunches, then berries. There is a brief, four-day cold soaking at 5°C. Alcoholic fermentation is at controlled temperatures between 25°C and 28°C. The wine is kept in stainless steel tanks with lees stirring to provide a rounded mouthfeel, then filtered before bottling. There is no barrel ageing.

TASTING NOTES

Bright red with purple glints. Aromas of red fruit such as cherries and raspberries. On the palate it is fresh and has medium length. A balanced wine, fresh and fruity, with excellent varietal typicity. Ideal for pasta with tomato or Bolognese sauce, pizza and meats.

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