Winemakers

Marcello Pelleritti

Technical Data

Acidity
5.34 g/L pH: 3.78

Alcohol
14.5%

Sugar
3.4 g/L

Monteviejo

PETITE FLEUR MALBEC 2012

PETITE FLEUR MALBEC 2012

Background

The Pere Verge family, more than just being owners of Monteviejo, Château Le Gay and Château La Violette, are a family devoted to making exceptional wines of terroir, power and elegance. Following the hemispheric seasons, winemaker Marcelo Pelleritti and his team are producing world class wines both in Mendoza and Bordeaux.
The land comprises 130 hectares at between 1000 and 1200 meters above sea-level in Vista Flores, Tunuyan, 120km south of Mendoza city. The land’s slopes face the North and East giving them better sun exposure in the Southern Hemisphere. Ideal for high altitude grape growing.
Monteviejo counts on a gravitational system with a double selection table for bunches and grapes. The objective is to transport the raw material without using pumps, taking care not to damage it in any part of the process.
From the harvest to the bottling—passing down through barrels for ageing—the wine moves along the natural gradient. It is only the weight of the grapes that is used to move them from above to below.

Appellation

Mendoza, Argentina

Varietal Composition

100% Malbec

Vintage Notes

The 2012 harvest was primarily defined by its low yield which allowed for wines of profound concentration and elegance. The combination of a large scale frost followed by a heavy Zonda wind during flowering significantly reduced productivity. Like all harvest with naturally determined lower yields, 2012 produced wines with the kind of high oenological potential that all winemakers dream of.

Winemaking

The fruit is cold macerated in stainless steal tanks at -8°C for five days before fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steal tanks with manual pigéage (punching down). The wine is then tranferred to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and ageing.

70% of the wine is aged for 12 months in second and third use French barrels followed by six months of bottle ageing.

Tasting Notes

Bright floral notes of violets are present along with ripe red fruit aromas. In the mouth it is expansive and generous with precise distinct flavors of berries with a long and distinguished finish.

91 pts

James Suckling

90 pts -

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