2013 Viluko Vineyards Estate Grown Malbec
Rooted in our family’s Chilean heritage is the love of Malbec, so it is no surprise that we would dedicate a few acres to this robust Bordeaux varietal. Two blocks are tucked between swaths of tall Fir at high elevation and on steep terrain. This turns out to be the perfect place to coax bright acidity and our Malbec’s voluptuous flavors. The 2013 vintage makes its debut. Only 115 cases were made.
A glorious mouthful of ripe fruit, it is fragrant with scents of violets and lavender, red and black fruit, exotic spices and wild sage. Should this sound too sweet, dark savage flavors lurk within its smokey bramble and briny minerality. Balanced and ripe, it drinks well now and will for a decade if you can keep it that long in your cellar.
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The 2013 Viluko Vineyards Malbec was made from a selection of 6 and 7 year old vines yielding less than 2 tons per acre. The fruit for this cuvee was selected from 3 separate vineyard blocks and was hand harvested on three days in October. After hand sorting the clusters at the winery, the fruit was destemmed and allowed to macerate on the skins as mostly whole berries for several days cold prior to a wild fermentation. The fermentation was pumped over or punched down twice daily, and allowed to macerate on the skins for an average of 30 days from crush to press. The wine was pressed into french oak barrels, about 40% new, where it underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for a total of 18 months before it was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Prior to bottling barrels from two of our Cabernet Sauvignon blocks were selected for the blend to compliment the Malbec. This cuvee was conceived as an homage to the family's antipodean history, but in realization it is a reflection of home.
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||October 10, 2013
||18 months in 40% new French oak
||Seven year or longer