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2012 Caelum Mendoza Malbec

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This is delicious, delectable, delightful red wine. It is a perfect example of all that makes Argentinian Malbec great, with that limitless blackberry fruit and hint of mint that comes from Malbec grown at over 1,000m above sea level at the base of the Andes. From the outset, we knew this was a special wine. A special wine that has no peers in Australia, and is classic Argie Malbec in all its splendour.

Winemaker's Notes

Crafted in Mendoza, where the Malbec grape excels, this wine is a lively deep red colour with purple highlights and aromas of ripe red berries and dried prune. On the palate it is fresh and elegant with a long finish.

Grape Variety: 100% Malbec

Region: Mendoza, Argentina

Viticulture & Winemaking: Harvest is done manually in 20kg boxes of a selection of the best grape clusters in the vineyard. Vineyard production of 10,000 kg/ha. Manual selection of grape bunches is done on a conveyor belt. Some grape clusters are de-stemmed and the others are crushed. Maceration for 15 days without the use of pectolitic enzymes. Fermentation begins with the addition of specially selected yeast at a temperature between 25°-32°C. Racking and ageing in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation in tanks. Production of 43,000 bottles.

Oak Ageing: 50% of the wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels

Food Matching: Enjoy with all manner of meat dishes. A simple steak or a generous cheeseboard is perfect.

Best Served: 15°C

Cellaring: Ready to drink.

Winemaker: Giuseppe Franceschini

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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