The estate is known as a Malbec specialist with a reputation as one of the country‘s top five producers of this particular variety. Alberto Antonini and fellow Tuscan, Antonio Morescalchi, were so impressed with the vineyards in the area around Mendoza, following their first trip to Argentina in 1995, that they persuaded a few friends to join with them in buying this estate. The estate covers 216 hectares, of which 40 were planted between 1996 and 1999.
The grapes are hand picked in high density vineyards located in the Valle de Uco. 90% of the grapes are from Vista Flores and 10% are from Eugenio Bustos. Yields are 6.3 tonnes per hectare.
A severely cold winter was followed by a cool and dry spring. Sustained rains (by Mendoza standards) arrived in February and led to a dry and sunny March with good humidity in the underground soil layers. This gave the wine an extraordinary fruit character and a beautiful bright colour, whilst the long hang time on the vine helped the tannins to develop a fine grain structure.
The hand picked grapes went through a double sorting table and were gently crushed before going into small, short, stainless steel tanks to begin the fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Pigeage, or punching down the cap, was used to maximize extraction of colour and flavour from the skins. The fermentation lasted five days, with a further 20 days of extended maceration, where the temperature was kept at around 28-30ºC to increase depth in the finished wine. After pressing, the wine was put into barrels (only tight-grained French oak) for the malolactic fermentation and 18 months of ageing. The wine was then bottled unfined.
Deep colour, with a brilliant purple rim. An intense nose, with a fine, floral perfume alongside the ripe red fruit. There are hints of undergrowth, graphite and smoked walnut too. The palate is rich and mouthfilling, with smooth tannins that support the wine well. On the finish, alongside the floral and fruit flavours, mineral complexity lingers.