The Show Malbec 2017
48 In Stock
A deep red, nearly purple color, with aromatics of concentrated black fruits, cigar box and notes of barrel toast. Dark fruit, spice and rich flavors continue on the palate. Quite brooding, but pure and focused. The tannins are super integrated and soft, but with terrific balance and finish that gives it unusual length in the palate.
Our goal was to bring more structure and black fruit to the wine. To do that we sourced more fruit from the Uco Valley, a higher elevation area that makes for cooler nights, slower ripening, and greater structure. The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the more northerly Lujan de Cuyo, farther from the Andes Mountains and at a lower altitude. We also sourced Malbec from Lujan, Agrelo, and Eastern Mendoza.
One-half of the Malbec sourced from Uco Valley was fermented on its own, a portion of that natively and all with extended time on the skins. The other half was co-fermented with Cabernet Sauvignon from Lujan de Cuyo. Cabernet ripens later than Malbec so to get the two to ripen at the same time to co-ferment required cold site Malbec and warm site Cabernet and the results were awesome. The rest of the fruit is all from Lujan, Agrelo and Eastern Mendoza. In each case we left the wine on its skins for a week or more after each went dry to extract more. The press fractions of the wine were so interesting texturally that we kept them all in. One-third of the wine went in to new French oak. The rest of it stayed in concrete where it was also fermented.