*All wine is sold in the latest year's stocked vintage
The brothers Domingo, to put it simply, make delicious wine. A brief analysis sheds some light on why. For starters they have mature vineyards (many of which are 40-60 years old). These are ideally planted in sandy, gravelly soil at elevations ranging from 5,200 to over 7,000 feet (this maximizes the intensity of sunlight during the day and provides some cool down of temperatures during the evening - very important in creating intense and balanced wines). Winemaking lets the fruit shine as 30% of the wine is aged in second and third use oak, the rest in tank. The result? An intensely aromatic wine with dark cherries, effusive and nearly liqueur like explosiveness only not at all sweet smelling.
On the palate the fruit is tasty - generous but relatively restrained for a Malbec with lovely spice, particularly cinnamon and clove, towards the finish. A memorable, impeccably made Malbec from one of the country's most underrated producers!
Location: North Yacochuya, Cafayate, Salta, Argentina
Altitude: 2,000 m above sea level
Soil: sandy, stony
Irrigation system: dripping
Training system: espalier
Pruning: bilateral cordon
Crop density: 3,700 vines per hectare
Yield: 130 qq/ha.
Harvest time: early April
Harvest system: hand-harvest
Fermentation: concrete tanks, with selected yeasts
Maceration: 18 - 21 days
Fermentation time: 12 days
Fermentacion temperature: 23 to 28 §C
Malolactic fermentation: yes
Production: 35,000 bottles per year
Varietal: 100% Malbec