ALLAMAND ALTAMIRA MALBEC
Grape Variety: 100% Malbec
Altamira, a very small micro zone inside Valle de Uco, is slowly becoming famous because of its ability to produce wines that are very distinct and that can show mineral characteristics. The reason being is the fact that the soil in this very small area is extremely poor and comprised of about 20 centimeters of top soil followed by big rocks with a good amount of reactive calcareous component attached to them.
As part of our ongoing effort to offer a deeper sense of place and a more direct connection to the land where our wines are grown, we intend to showcase “Altamira characteristics” through this 100% malbec that is made with fruit that comes from one single vineyard that belongs to Federico ‘Fico’ Villafane, father in law of our viticultor and winemaker Cristian Allamand, responsible for planting these 10 hectares of malbec in 1997.
The grapes that we used for this wine were hand harvested in small 15 kg trays on April 16th and 17th 2013, at a yield of approximately 2.4 tons per acre (30 hl/ha).
50% the wine spent 12 months in first and second year oak barrels (100% French), and then 9 months in the bottle before its release to the market.
Total production of Allamand Altamira Malbec 2013 was 2,404 6-packs