Location: Las Compuertas, North side of Mendoza terroir, at about 1,060m of Altitude
Soil: Deep, sandy soil with rocks at depth.
Irrigation : The traditional irrigation of the vineyard using pure melting water from the Andes is carried out by surface runoff. The water is conducted by small furrows located at the foot of the vinestock.
Temperature: range between optimal daytime high temperature and nighttime low temperature, due to a breeze coming down from the hills near the mountains at night.
Vineyards: Specific vineyards used by Cheval des Andes, separate from Terrazas vineyards.
- Hand-harvesting in the cool hours of the morning.
- Hand-sorting of bunches and berries before pressing.
- 30 days Maceration after fermentation, combining pigeage and delestage.
- Varietals undergo 18 months of aging in French oak barrels separately in New French Oak
- Assemblage definition and elaboration: Primarily Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon (some vintages will contain small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.)
- Final blend is aged in new French oak barrels during 6 more months. Racking and no filtering
- Bottling and extended bottle aging for at least 18 months before release
Color: great color intensity, contributed mainly by Malbec, of deep violet-blue highlights that indicates its youth.
Aroma: opens with a fresh nose, with subtle notes of pink grapefruit and orange blossom, followed by fresh red fruit, such as strawberry, blackcurrant and cherry. Upon agitating, complexity shows up, notes of black pepper and rosemary, a typical expression of a Cabernet Sauvignon of good maturity, that combines harmoniously with mentholated aromas, followed by raspberry and sour cherry.
Palate: first approach to mouth is wide and complex. Silky and mature tannins that combines with elegant notes of smoke and tobacco. Unctuous, juicy, with a long and persistent finish. A wine that perfectly combines its young vivacity with the elegance of a mature structure.
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