Inacayal Single Vineyard Malbec
Situated in the upper Mendoza valley, where the river is halfway through its journey
from the Andes mountains to the eastern plains, the vineyards of Luján de Cuyo sit at
altitudes of around 1000m, (3280 feet) above sea level. Combined with the intense sunlight
experienced during the day and the cold night temperatures, the wines produced show
deep concentration of flavour and structure. The soils are clay/loam. Luján de Cuyo was
first delineated as a separate appellation in 1993, whilst the Viniterra winery was founded in
1997 by leading oenologist Adriano Senetiner.
The grapes are hand-harvested at night to avoid the day’s heat and to preserve the
highest quality. Three days of cold maceration are followed by eight days of fermentation
between 26 - 28°C. The wine then macerates for a second time for 30 days. During this time,
the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. 20% of the wine is kept in rotating oak barrels.
Once rested, the wine is blended and aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels and at
least a further 12 months in bottle. The wine is cold-stabilised, but not fined and may require
Bold spice characters at the fore supported by smoky, savoury notes. Rich bramble fruits
appear on the palate alongside notes of leather, fig and prune. A blueberry overtone and
a hint of violet give great complexity in a powerful style. Fantastic concentration with round
tannins on a lingering red berry finish.
Enjoy with Argentinian empanadas or classic roast meats.
50 % Malbec
50 % Carménére
18 months, French oak