The character of Mendoza wines is forged in high altitude desert vineyards irrigated by mineral-rich snowmelt from glaciers and snowfields. High altitude means cool temperatures and clear air, and clear air means more sunlight for building flavor in the grapes, helping to make Mendoza the source of Argentina’s well-earned reputation for top quality, unique wines.
The grapes were hand-harvested, destemmed and crushed. The must was chilled and cold-soaked for 72 hours prior to fermentation for additional extraction of color, tannins, and flavor. Fermentation took place in upright, conical tanks at 29° Celsius (85°F) for six to eight days. The wine underwent full malolactic fermentation. It was bottled-aged for 6 months before being released into the market.
Pablo Andrés Blasco was born and raised in Mendoza surrounded by wine culture. Grandson of European immigrants, he brings the passion for the wine activity in his blood. This passion was completed with his improvement at the Juan Agustín Maza University, where he studied at the University of Enology.
Since then he has been part of the oenological team of different wineries, large and small, living the profession from different approaches and areas. What he never left is his passion for teaching and research, always combining both activities.
“My work as a winemaker at Malacara is based on 3 pillars: a passion for what is done, care and respect for the environment and transmission of experiences and knowledge to new generations. This is reflected in a wine that manifests itself with its naturalness, highlighting the characteristics of the terroir and its evolution until it reaches its maximum expression. All this adds to the teamwork of this group of friends that is reflected in the essence of the wines we produce.”
Titratable Acidity: 6 G/l
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Vineyard Location: Maipu, Mendoza, Argentina
Altitude: 1000 masl / 3280 Feet
Vineyard Age: 15 years
Harvest: Hand-picking using small 12kg plastic boxes.
Production: Double moving belt system and vibrating sorting table.
Traditional fermentation in stainless steel tanks, controlled temperature and hand pigeage.
Serving temperature: 14 °C / 57°F months; 30% new oak
Young and modern wines. Exponents of the new world, distinguished by the flavors and aromas of fresh fruit and good drinking.
Legend has it that in 1884, a gaucho mounted on his white-faced horse named Malacara was escaping the stalking of the Indians when he was hit by an arrow. The horse kept running and was able to leave the Indians behind by jumping over a dangerous Cliff, a feat no other horse would dare. Malacara then galloped on, day and night, carrying the wounded rider on his back, clinging to his mane. The horse raced through the high-peaked mountains of the Andes and finally returned the man to safety. Since then, bald-faced horses are named after Malacara.
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Malacara 2017 Malbec (Mendoza)
Saucy berry and plum aromas are lightly infused with herb and tomato notes. This feels jammy and easy but low on structure. Generic berry and plum flavors are slightly pasty, while this tastes sort of burnt and fruitless on the finish MS 2/1/19