Malbec 2017

Bodega El Esteco

Terroir: There are few places on earth where magic really happens. The Calchaquí Valley, home of Bodega El Esteco winery, is certainly one of them. This Valley, located at over 6000 feet hidden in the North of Argentina, displays some unique characteristics. Poor alluvial soils; high sun exposure; low humidity; and broad thermal amplitude make the Calchaquí Valley an exceptional wine region.

Vinification: The El Esteco range of wines is oriented to have a personality of great finesse and complexity. Concentrated bunches of small grains are manually harvested early in the morning and put into small bins of 18 kg. Pre-fermentative maceration at 5°C in stainless steel tanks and gentle treatments are carried out during alcoholic fermentation. Utilization of both native and selected yeasts for the fermentation process. Post fermentative maceration total 25 days. Natural malolactic fermentation is carried in both american and french barrels of first, second and third use. Finalizing this process the wine is aged in both American and French barrels for 12 months. A careful selection of barrels is made, looking for light toasted oak in order to accentuate the freshness of the fruit. The wine is bottled unfiltered, and kept at the winery during 6 months.

Additional Information

Dark violet in color with a rich nose of berry, coffee an herb. Mature and vibrant notes combined with firm and sweet tannins. Long persistence, concentrated and elegant.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Calchaquí Valley
  • Winemaker: Alejandro Daniel Pepa
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Sand, Gravel
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Ttl Acidity: 6.0 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 3.6 g/l
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Malbec

Recent Press

  • Score: 89 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Michael Schachner
    Date: Wednesday, January 1, 2020
    "A dark, concentrated color and grapy, slightly reduced dark-berry aromas open this round but edgy Malbec from the north of Argentina. Roasted berry and plum flavors are typical of the Calchaquí Valley, while this stays ripe on a plump finish that's more bold than elegant. "
  • Score: 93 Points Author: James Suckling
    Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
    "This shows a lovely smoky and bark-like note, which works very well with the brambleberries and underbrush. Full-bodied with nicely chewy tannins that remain tightly wound. Vibrant and fruity at the same time. Drink now or hold."

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