Finca Los Inmigrantes 2016
Region: Uco Valley

Tasting Notes

A nose brimming with cassis, mocha and toast leads to a fruit explosion on the palate. Dark spicy berries, cocoa and toasty vanilla expand over the palate with silky tannins and a long seductive finish.

Malbec—a thick-skinned, full-bodied grape—has made its home in the foothills of the Andes. Owning more than 75% of the world’s planted Malbec, today Argentina is known for having reinvigorated the variety, which has been returned to the list of the top 18 noble grapes. Originally from the South-West of France, it was primarily used as a blending grape in Bordeaux, with most of its vines planted in the region of Cahors. It found its way to Mendoza in 1868, after a French botanist planted it by order of the mayor. Malbec is loved for its rich, dark fruit flavours and smooth chocolatey finish.

With its near-dessert conditions, extreme elevation and wide diurnal shift, grape vines have proven to thrive in various regions of Argentina. With plantings dating back to the 1920s, the fruit from Uco Valley was originally used to add colour and acidity to the wines of warmer areas until winemakers in the 1990s saw larger potential for the region. Today, Uco Valley is producing some of the most influential wines of Argentina. The valley, which runs north to south, is 70 KM long and 40 KM at its widest in the south. It is capped by desert conditions, with cold winds blowing in from Patagonia. At its north end, hills reach 1400 metres+. To the east, the region runs into a series of gorges and dry riverbeds.

Los Inmigrantes is sourced from 80 year-old vines within the La Consulta vineyard. La Consulta is one of the lowest laying and coolest vineyards in the Uco Valley, sitting at 900 masl. Split by the Tunuyan river and sitting in the shadow of the San José volcano, the area benefits from the supply of meltwater coming directly from the peaks of the Andes, as well as from long days full of sunlight. The soil is mainly alluvial, comprised of clay, rocks and sand, ideal for drainage while forcing the vines to dig deep for nutrients thereby creating strong roots and concentrated fruit. Winemaker Karim Mussi practices sustainable farming with the intention of showcasing a true sense of place.

Made of 100% Malbec sourced from the three best plots in the La Consulta Vineyard. This blend from ‘Los Tanos’, ‘Los Turcos’ and ‘Los Gallegos’ is fermented in small concrete vats using only native yeast. The wine then goes to age for 18 months in new French oak barrels.

Wine Type: Red

Variety: Malbec

Classification: GI

Orientation: Eastern facing along the foothills of the Andes, 80 km southwest of Mendoza

Appellation: Uco Valley

Gradient: 1100/MASL

Soil: Alluvial (silt, clay, sand, gravel)

Farming Practices: Sustainably farmed, sourced from 80 year old vines.

Residual Sugar: 2.18 g/L

Alcohol: 14.1

Malolactic: N/A

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: 4.95 g/l (PH-3.7)

Other Practices: Sustainable, Vegan