MAAL Wines 2014 bestial Malbec Mendoza Argentina
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Maal Wines was born from a friendship nourished by a common passion for winemaking, viticulture and Malbec. In 2010, a microvinification of 6 barrels from grapes sourced at an abandoned vineyard in Vistaflores gave rise to this project.
Alfredo is a young winemaker who simply wants to make Malbec the way he likes to drink it.
While his family has been involved in the wine industry for decades, Alfredo is the first to fully commit to winemaking. His father is an agronomist and owner of the company "Luján Agricola", one of the largest supplying companies of Mendoza’s farms and fields; his two grandparents were wine merchants and winemakers.
In his quest to understand the secrets of traditional winemaking, he worked at the harvest of wineries that produce the style of wines he appreciated as a consumer: Harlan Estate (Napa) in 2008 and 2012, Pulenta Estate (Mendoza) in 2009, Montana Gisborne (New Zealand) in 2010, and Achaval Ferrer (Mendoza) in 2011.
We call this wine “Bestial”, an expression for “brutal and tremendous”, because that is how the wine showed after fermentation.
Grapes for this Malbec come from vines that were abandoned for years, producing very few, small and concentrated clusters.
Trying to tame this beast is every year a fantastic challenge, and the dragon biting its tail symbolizes the culmination of that challenge.