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Mendel Unus Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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92 Pts. Robert Parker

"An exceptional Argentine red." - Jancis Robinson

Grape Variety: 70% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes: Intense deep red colour with violets highlights. The nose is very intense and complex. Its complexity is given by the many aromatic layers: first we find notes of fresh fruits such as black cherries, raspberries, blackberries and cassis. After the fruits appear the spices and mint aromas. At the end, notes from the wood like chocolate, caramel and toast denote the 16 months of ageing in new French oak. This is a wine of great harmony and length in the mouth. It is very fleshy and meaty, with fine, round tannins that have a small grip. The Cabernet Sauvignon contributes the tannic structure and the Malbec its fleshy, meaty and round character. The aromas in mouth are very complex and repeat those detected in the olfaction. It is elegant, with acidity that emphasizes its freshness, confers balance and makes both an easily drunk and concentrated wine.

Vineyard: Mayor Drummond and Perdriel, Luján de Cuyo; Altamira, Valle de Uco – Mendoza, Argentina
Age of the Vineyard: More than 80 years old, ungrafted old vines for the Malbec and 15 years old for the Cabernet
Time of Harvest: 2nd week of April 2009
Altitude: 960 and 1,100 meters above sea level

Harvest Method: Manually in 18kg boxes and selection of grape clusters in the vineyard. Vineyard production of 4,500 kg/ha.
Winemaking: Manual selection of grapes on vibrating table. The clusters are destemmed and crushed. Maceration in small tanks and fermentation for 25 to 30 days with selected yeasts at a temperature between 25° and 32°C. During the maceration, they homogenised the wines with “piegage manuel” by hand. Racking and decantation in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation in tanks and new French oak barrels. The ageing takes place in new French 225 litre oak barrels with oak originating from the centre of France that has a fine grain for long ageing periods. Normally the oak treatment for Mendel’s wines is for adding complexity and finesse; they don’t want to over-oak them, but increase the elegance. So this wine was aged for 16 months in new oak. Blending and posterior bottling. The wine is aged for at least one year in the bottle prior to release.
Winemaker: Roberto de la Mota

Alcohol: 14.4% vol.
Volume: 750 ml
Residual Sugars: 2.89 gr/litre
Standard Drinks: 8.6
Peak drinking: 2011-2031
Best Served: 16°-18°C
Ageing:16 months in new French oak followed by 12 months in the bottle