The Phoenician 2018
Region: Uco Valley

Tasting Notes

This blend has a fresh nose with a lactic touch and moderate spices over a core of blackberries. The palate is silky, with blueberry, mineral, shaved chocolate and light espresso character. Full body, integrated tannins and a long 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. The Phoenician is made of 70% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Tempranillo, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Syrah and 2% Merlot.

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.

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 Vines range in age from 4 to 49 years and have been grown on a trellising system of high vertical shoot positioning and pergola.

Harvested by hand in small plastic boxes then transported directly to the double sorting table and a gravity flow system. Fermentation occurs over 7 days in stainless steel, induced by indigenous yeast. 30% is then aged in French oak for 10 months.

Wine Type: Red

Variety: Blend-70% Malbec, 10% Cab Sauv, 10% Tempranillo, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Syrah, 2% Merlot

Classification: GI

Orientation: Eastern facing along the foothills of the Andes, 80 km south-west of Mendoza

Appellation: Uco Valley

Gradient: 1200/MASL

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

Farming Practices: Sustainably farmed. Pressurized drip irrigation. Hand harvested

Residual Sugar: 1.8 g/L

Alcohol: 14

Malolactic: n/a

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: 5.32 g/L (PH-3.63)

Other Practices: Sustainable, Vegan