Riccitelli Viñedos en Pie Franco Malbec 2018
- Matías Riccitelli started his boutique winery in 2009, located in Las Compuertas at 1100 meters above sea level. It is the highest area of Lujan de Cuyo, and here he tends 20 hectares of ungrafted old vineyards. Matías also works with small, independent growers that own their lands at the bottom of the Andes halfway between 1000 and 1700 meters above sea level – in Gualtallary, Chacayes, Altamira and La Carrera.
- All harvests are conducted by hand and fermentation takes place in small concrete vats and concrete eggs. Purity and delicacy in winemaking are prized by Matías and great care is taken in preserving the fruit’s singularity in order to obtain vibrant wines.
- There are several projects under the Riccitelli name. Almost all are single vineyard driven, showcasing special heirloom vineyards, unique terroir and micro climates found in Mendoza and Patagonia.
ABOUT THE WINE
- From two extremely old vineyards. Compuertas planted 1920 and Vistalba planted 1908. Soil is clay loam on rocky subsoils.
- 100% of this wine matures in new and used French used oak barrels for 16 months.
- Potential ageing at least 10 years.
Vintage: 2018 | Wine Type: Red Wine
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Origin: Argentina | Appellation: 50% estate fruit from Las Compuertas. 50% from Vistalba.
Elaboration: Hand harvested and selected prior to vinification. Delivered via gravity to square concrete vessels for fermentation with indigenous yeast. Held on its skins until the cap sinks into the wine. It is then drained and gently pressed off into French oak barrels for 16 months.
Winemaker: Matias Riccitelli
Dark red color with violet tones. Floral, red fruit aromas with sweet spices. In the mouth, it has tremendous volume and is juicy and elegant.
“The traditional and juicy 2018 Viñas Viejas En Pie Franco Malbec was produced with grapes from old, ungrafted Malbec vines from different places within Mendoza and therefore planted on different soils, clay, rocks and limestone. This felt quite traditional, with good ripeness but keeping its poise and balance, with oak that is present but not invasive. The palate is medium to full-bodied and portrayed the varietal tannins that tend to be quite soft and fine grained.” – Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate.
Production: 5000 cases | Alcohol: 14% | TA: g/l | RS: 2.5 g/l | pH: 3.6/5.9
PRESS & POINTS
2018 – 93 Points, Tim Atkin
2018 – 93 Points, Wine Advocate
2018 – 95 Points, James Suckling
2018 – 97 Points, Patricio Tapia
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