Single Vineyard Constanza Malbec 2014
/ Central Valley
/ DO Maule
Grapes: 100% Malbec
The 5-acre Constanza Vineyard in the Maule region was originally planted to Malbec in 1923. Warm days with cool nights and constant sea breezes ensures slow ripening for balanced and concentrated fruit. The vineyard is managed without any irrigation and allowing open canopy growth. This allows good ventilation and limits sun exposure which result in profuse and classic fruit aromas. Primary fermentation took place over 28 days. Aged for 12 months in new, medium toasted French oak barrels that belong to the "Icone Elegance" series from the famed Seguin Moreau cooperage. The wine contains only naturally occurring sulfites and is neither filtered nor clarified prior to bottling in order to preserve the wine's authentic character.
2014 was a template year, with a dry winter followed by a temperate summer – an average year. This resulted in fruitier wines than 2012 and more ripeness than 2013. In general, 2014 wines possess round tannins, nicely balanced acidity and a persistent finish.
Deep purple almost black color with glittering highlights. The stylish and complex nose offers a wide array of aromas including blackcurrant and dark cherry mingling with subtle notes of spices. The palate immediately shows all the wine's density and refinement: very forward ripe fruit flavors with perfectly integrated, velvety tannins revealing a remarkable complexity in the structure and excellent balance. The finish is opulent and extremely long.
Roasted chicken, beef, buffalo with thyme, rosemary, marjoram, sage or pepper.
GRAPES: 100% Malbec
APPELLATION: D.O. Maule
ACIDITY: 3.65 g/l
AGING: Aged for 12 months in new, French oak barrels that belong to the "Icone Elegance" series from the famed Seguin Moreau cooperage
points of distinction
- Single Vineyard, old vine malbec from rare, historic vineyards in prestigious DO Maule
- Highly limited production
- Dry farmed in terroir ideally suited for pure, vibrant Malbec
about the grape +
Well-made Malbec is a dark, perfumed wine with rich, blackberry and damson plum fruit, aromas of violets and tobacco, and ripe, juicy tannins. In France, may be mineral, structured and austere.
– Didier Debono & Patrick d’Aulan
“It is our great privilege to craft wine from these century-old Malbec vines, which is like composing a symphony.”