Juicy black fruits combine with violets and black pepper, with soft and ripe tannins leading a soft and opulent finish. Lovely on its own or with juicy red meat.
A meticulous handmade selection is performed prior to vinification. 70% of this wine matures inside small concrete tanks, 30% remaining inside French used oak barrels.
Elaboration: 80% of the traditional fermentation is performed on controlled temperatures between 25 and 27 degrees Celcius adding 3 daily pump-overs during a maceration’s period of 25 days, 20% remaining fermentation is made with whole clusters obtaining a carbonic maceration.
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.
In 2015 a new project was begun: old vineyards of Semillon, Merlot, and Malbec were discovered and reclaimed in Argentinian Patagonia. The vineyards are located in the Rio Negro high valley and were planted in the late 1960s. The resulting wines are fresh, intensely aromatic, and highly balanced.
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Wine Advocate says:
91 Points. Drink Date 2021 - 2024
Reviewed by Luis Gutiérrez
Issue Date 31st Mar 2021
“The floral and fruit-driven 2020 Hey Malbec! is young and juicy, very drinkable, varietal and balanced, from a warm year when they managed to contain the ripeness. The palate is round and fleshy. Very good.”
“Matías Riccitelli keeps turning out some of the most exciting wines from Argentina, this time with the addition of some “natural” wines. He also keeps exploring the zone of La Carrera, a high-altitude zone of Mendoza where he started with some Sauvignon Blanc but has since planted four more hectares, looking for diversity of soils and altitudes, and hopes to reach 20 hectares in total. They are planting from 1,600 meters in altitude and hope to reach as high as 2,000 meters. Exciting!”