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Mendel

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Location: Luján de Cuyo – Mendoza, Argentina

Climate: The climate is desert-like and continental, with well-demarcated seasons throughout the year. Scarce rainfall, under 200 mm per year, necessitates irrigation. Summer temperatures in the northern part of the Luján department are fairly cool (33°C is considered a hot day) and the day-night temperature swings are usually -1°C. This has a very favourable impact on the hang time, phenolic development, and acid balance in the grapes. The grapes ripen slowly, become very concentrated and flavourful, and maintain good acidity even with the development of deep, ripe fruit flavours.

Winery: The Mendel Winery embodies the union of Roberto de la Mota – one of Argentina’s most respected and experienced winemakers – with an established Argentine family. Together they are dedicated to producing wines of unquestionable superior standard, expressing the quality and character of their Malbec and Cabernet vineyards in Luján de Cuyo.

They choose the best grapes from their almost 80-year-old vineyards, paying rigorous attention to every detail of the artisan winemaking process; from carefully sorting bunches, to fermentation in small tanks, to ageing in the finest French oak.

Ancient vineyards, passionate people, experience and friendship are blended to create their remarkable wines. 

Their vineyards are located in Perdriel (Finca de los Andes) and in Mayor Drummond (Finca M) between 900 and 1,100 metres above sea level, on the highest well-irrigated land in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza.

The grapes are harvested by hand in the early hours of the morning and taken to the winery in small recipients of 18 kg. After careful selection of the bunches of grapes and berries, the grapes are placed in small tanks of 12 to 80 hectolitres to macerate. The maceration, which lasts for three to five weeks, is done by hand (piegage manuel), smoothly sinking the skins into the liquid, ensuring an important, selective extraction of aromas, tannins and polyphenols – the elements which will give the wine body, volume, and structure of the highest quality.

Vineyards: Mendel’s vines are planted on espaliers with a north-south orientation, in high density with 5,555 plants per hectare. Careful pruning, together with controlled irrigation during the cycle, gives excellent exposure to the sun, a reduced number of grape bunches, and medium sized berries. This ensures an excellent concentration, intensity and quality of grape. Harvest time is determined after many tastings of the grapes in the plots. The ageing is done in new French oak barrels for 14 to 16 months for Mendel Unus and for a similar period in new, first-use and second-use barrels for Mendel Malbec. During the ageing, the wines are tasted assiduously, to follow the evolution of each of the barrels’ contents. After the “blend”, the wines are bottled, avoiding filtrations and treatments that limit their intensity and complexity.

People:

  •          Roberto de la Mota – Winemaker
  •          Santiago Mayorga Boaknin – Vineyard Manager and Oenologist
  •          Valeria Vega – Laboratory

Websitewww.mendel.com.ar