2013 Salentein Killka Red Blend, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina
Since its debut vintage ten years ago, Bodegas Salentein has forged an enviable reputation worldwide for producing award-winning, premium quality wines. The estates winemaking team, led by the legendary José Galante, is one of the most revered in Argentina. Together, they strive to combine artistry, creativity and passion to craft wines that capture the finest terroirs of the Uco Valley in the famed Mendoza region. Killka is the latest creation from this very progressive winery and is produced using grapes cultivated on Salentein’s high-altitude vineyards in the Andes. It is named in honor of the Killka Gallery, the estates world-renowned and award-winning center for the arts, culture and gastronomy, which receives 20,000 visitors a year. One of the paintings from the gallery’s permanent collection, “Sur” or “South” by Argentinean contemporary artist Nicolás Garcia Uriburu (1937), is featured on the label. Killka is produced just steps away from the gallery in a uniquely cross-shape structure, which like all the buildings on this near 5000-acre private estate, was built by regional craftsmen, using local materials and incorporating indigenous architectural features.
Seductive aromas of ripe plum, blackberry, vanilla and dry fruits. Full-bodied, lush and velvety on the palate with notes of black fruits, exotic spices and a long, lingering finish.
Excellent with hard cheeses, hearty pasta dishes, steak and other grilled red meats.
Grapes are crushed and de-stemmed immediately after they are harvested in order to preserve their natural fruit flavors. The juice then undergoes cold maceration for five to seven days.
Color: Deep ruby
Nose: Seductive aromas of ripe plum, blackberry, vanilla and dry fruits.
Palate: Full-bodied, lush and velvety on the palate with notes of black fruits, exotic spices and a long, lingering finish.
In the heart of the Mendoza province, in its vineyards located in the Uco Valley, Bodegas Salentein has begun to transform wine making in Argentina.
Bodegas Salentein is located in Mendoza, an Argentinian province that is synonymous with wine. The soil in this region is sandy and loamy, and the weather, dry, with very hot days and very cool nights. The presence of over 900 bodegas and 145 thousand hectares (358 thousand acres), of vineyards explain why this region is the most important wine-making area of the country. However, this land has much more to say. This is Bodegas Salentein’s belief, and it acts in consequence, spreading at an international level the emergence of first-rate bodegas in Argentina.
A new vision of the quality –with classic varietal plantations, preservation of ancient vines, re-application of artisanal European techniques, and the use of advanced technology- gives as a result wines of international level.
“The goal of Bodegas Salentein is clear: to produce first-rate wines, committed with the earth where they come from. During its preparation, Salentein respects nature and, at the same time, takes part in the life of the area’s community, because the people become an essential component that reflects in the wine expression.”
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@kellybutler This may just be more useless information but hey why not. Here is a producer note on the same wine 2014 version. Same note as above but is expanded with a mention of fermentation and wood treatment, although no mention of barrel age. Tasting notes for other vintages mention vanilla and spicy oak as well. fwiw
“Grapes are crushed and de-stemmed immediately after they are harvested in order to preserve their natural fruit flavors. The juice then undergoes cold maceration for five to seven days. Varietals are fermented separately for 10 days at a temperature of 79 - 82°F. The wine is then blended together and 20% ages in French oak barrels for six to nine months before it is bottled.”