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The grapes come from three different vineyards: from Noemia's old estate vineyards, from the INTA (Agriculture Research Centre) and from an old parral planted in the 50’s. The grapes are 90% Malbec and 10% Merlot. Harvest is usually around the 20th of March. From 2007 grapes from their new vineyard in Valle Azul were included. The vineyards are all over 50 years of age and are pre-Phylloxera pied Franco vines. The grapes were picked in the morning and brought directly to the winery. All the grapes were destemmed by hand at the winery into small 2,000 litre cement vats. The grapes were then cold soaked for 4 days before the indigenous fermentation started. At Noemia they ferment all their wines on their own yeasts. The alcoholic fermentation lasted 2 weeks, using the “pigeage” or “plunging” method to extract the colour and tannins: this is the gentlest way to extract in any form of winemaking. After the fermentation, the wine was decanted by gravity into 100% second use French oak barrels of the finest quality for a period of 10 months. The malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in the same barrels for about one and a half months. No batonnage was effected and the wine was racked and blended by gravity between the 22nd and 24th December 2008. Bottling was completed on the 7th January 2009.
Notes: 90% Malbec & 10% Merlot. 10 months in second year French oak. Deep purple colour with aromas of spice, currants and a hint of violets. In the mouth this is full-bodied with big and ripe tannins, lots of blackberry and bitter cherry fruit and elegant acidity: supple despite its youth. Only 30,000 bottles and 10 magnums were produced.
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