Such a special soil deserved an equally unique wine, made using the old-style Field Wine method, which focuses on exploiting all the special features of the soil by means of techniques rooted in the most traditional basics of winemaking. The grapes are selected, regardless their variety, with a view to capturing the nature of the few vineyards growing on the unusual terroir above 2,400 meters (7,800 feet) high. The mythical savoir-faire with which the wines are made, together with the peculiarities of the grapes growing at such extreme heights, turn Chañar Punco into the gem of our terroirs.

  • El esteco Chañar Punco

    Chañar Punco

    Harvest:
    • 2012
    • 2011

    VARIETY:

    65% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon

     

    ORIGIN:

    Calachaqui Valley, Argentina

     

    TERROIR:

    Chañar Punco is a unique sub-region surrounded by the Quilmes Mountains, located southwest within the Calchaquí Valley. At 2000 meters above sea level, this terroir displays unique characteristics. Poor, rocky and calcareous soil combined with the scarce heat load, radiation, in the months prior to harvest, allows the grape to slowly develop its maximum expression.

    Vineyards orientation runs from North to South allowing moderate winds from the north to improve the microclimate of the canopy. Distilled water is pumped deep from the soil and drip irrigation is used.

     

    ANALITICAL DATA:

    Alcohol: 15,5%, Residual Sugar: 3,15 g/l, Acidity: 5,94 g/l, pH: 3,60

     

    WINEMAKING:
     
    Concentrated bunches of small grains selected from the best rows of the parcels are manually harvested in 18Kg plastic bins. A second selection is done in the crushing area. Pre-fermentative macerations are carried on at 7°C, and native yeasts are used for the alcoholic fermentation. Before malolactic fermentation each variety is racked into new French oak barrels of 225 liters where the fermentation process is carried on and aged during 18 months. The blend is defined after an intense selection of the best 8 barrels. Bottled without stabilization and filtration in order to maintain the essence of the wine.