Finca Abril Winery, Rapsodia Malbec Reserva, 2017

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Harvest Date 2nd. week of April 2017
Way of harvest Manual with scissors - 10kg boxes
Grape Variety Malbec 100%
Vineyard La Consulta - Uco Valley – Mendoza – Argentina - 1034m/asl
Vineyard Age 20 years
Conduction High espalier
Aging 50% is kept for 12 months in French oak barrels
Bottling November 28, 2018

Alcohol 14.9% by vol.

ENOLOGY
The grapes were harvested manually, using plastic boxes of 10 kg, in the morning to take advantage of lower daytime temperatures. The boxes were carried inside the winery immediately after the cutting. We make two selections of clusters (in the vineyards and in the winery) and the third selection of grapes, on the vibrating sorting table -once in the winery.

Shortly after destemming whole grains (not crushed) are sent to stainless steel tanks and are cooled down to prevent fermentation from starting too soon and enhance fruit concentration. Cold maceration took place and “bleeding” techniques were used.
After that, alcoholic fermentation took place in small tanks with temperature control, followed by extended maceration for about 15 more days according to daily tasting. Daily different kinds of délestage and pump-ups are performed. This time is necessary to obtain an optimum extraction of smells, colors, and persistent sweet and rounded tannins.

The wine was aged in underground caves, for 12 months in French oak barrels, and for another 12 months in bottles.

WINEMAKER NOTES
Intense violaceous red color. The nose features a delicate perfume of violets that fuses with aromas of ripe red fruits, such as plums and strawberries, which are followed by subtle notes of vanilla and coconut, typical of aging in French oak barrels. It is enveloping and elegant on the palate, with sweet tannins and a balanced acidity that creates a long and lingering finish.

About The Winery
Finca Abril is a family-owned company founded in 1996 which achieves the project of producing limited editions of high-quality wines that represent the absolute expression of the vineyard terroir. The project was inspired by a small part of an old farm in the Uco Valley – Mendoza- Argentina with vineyards planted in 1922 and perched at a high altitude of more than 3,400 feet above sea level.

Pairs well with: Blue cheeseburger, piquillo peppers stuffed with porcini mushroom and wild rice, soft cheeses, lean cuts of red meat (sirloin, flap, hanger, filet), wild mushrooms