90 Points Gold Medal at OCC
Our Malbec clone originates from one of the original Bordeaux plantings. When Bordeaux is mentioned, many people think ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’, but much of Bordeaux was wiped out in the late 1800s by the Phylloxera aphid that caused wide-spread disease throughout the vineyards. Cabernet has only been around since the 19th century and Malbec was the primary grape grown in the region before the replanting.
This is a 100% Malbec made from our very own Apetahi Estate grapes.
We de-stemmed the clusters, returning just enough of the stems to add natural tannins. The mixture was put through 48 hours of cold-soaking to extract the dark, inky purple color from the skins before inoculation. We punched down three times a day in the fermentation bins and allowed an extended maceration period of 3 ½ weeks, pressing when the cap fell.
We used our hydraulic basket press and separated the free-run juice from the pressed juice and aged them in separate vessels. We utilized 50% new oak barrels with a combination of American, Hungarian and French wood. The wine was aged sur lie (on the fine lees) for 12 months in the barrel and lightly filtered at 5 microns before bottling.