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Salentein Malbec Reserve 2011

Salentein Malbec Reserve 750ml 2011    
Sku: 1806519*

Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina The grapes grow on alluvial, stony soils of the high elevation vineyards of the El Oasis estate (3,609 feet above sea level) and the La Pampa estate (4,101 feet above sea level). The handling of the canopy is based on a perfect balance of shade and sunlight, allowing each grape to reach optimum ripeness.

Wine maker notes
100% of the grapes are hand-harvested and selected before undergoing a gentle de-stemming. From the selection table, the berries go directly to a 450 kg hopper, where they are received with dry ice to avoid oxidation, and then are transferred to stainless steel tanks, without the use of pumps. Cold maceration takes place for 5 days, at a temperature of 46F to 50F, with the berries nearly whole, in order to extract aroma and color. Alcoholic fermentation follows for 10 days at a temperature of 79F-82F and maceration continues for 15 more days. The wine is then transferred to French oak barrels (first, second, and third use) where malolactic fermentation takes place. The wine ages in the barrels for 12 months before bottling, and is held in the cellar six months prior to release.

Technical notes
14.5% abv

Food pairing
Well-matched with barbecued meats, robust pasta entrees, baked ham, pork chops and sharp cheeses

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Country: Argentina
Region: Cuyo
Sub-Region: Mendoza
Appellation: Uco Valley
Grape Varietal: Malbec
Type: Still wine
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