MARIFLOR MALBEC - Mendoza
Michel and Dany Rolland decided in 2009 to make the first “Mariflor Malbec”, the first vines planted in 1999 and next years, beginning to give grapes worthy of a cuvée of this emblematic grape-variety and the French oenologists knew its evolution and consecration for 20 years in Argentina (in Yacochuya and Val de Flores).
Grapes with beautiful maturity, after double sorting, are vinified by gravity in small concrete tanks, temperatures’ control, manual punching, without pumping and with a lot of respect. Malolactic fermentation in new barrels of one year and ageing during 15 months.
Mariflor Malbec has the complexity, the power and sensuality with deep aromas of black fruits and spices which will insure it the longevity, roundness and generosity make it pleasant to taste “primeur” or young.
APPELLATION / Valle de Uco - Mendoza
GRAPE-VARIETY / 100% Malbec
VINEYARD AREA / Located at 1 100 meters (3 600 feet).
AGE OF THE VINES / Planted in 1999.
SOILS / Sandy-clayey, alluvions, with pebbles in depth.
- Manual grapes picking and double sorting.
- Gravity feed, pigeage in small concrete tanks.
- Malolactic fermentation in french oak barrels.
AGEING / 15 months in the same barrels.
FIRST VINTAGE / 2009
Realized in January 2011
Color : dark ruby
Nose : intense, very ripe blackberries and blueberries and peppery flowers (peony), with a beautiful liquorice note (violet zan) and subtle empyreumatic hints that develop upon aeration (toast).
Palate : rich, full-bodied but not excessive, with velvety tannins that come out on the finis. The wine lingers on with ripe fruits and liquorice, underlined by a discrete sweetness which by no means overshadows the freshness of this complex and seductive wine.
THEY SPOKE ABOUT IT…
>> ARGENTINA WINE AWARDS - March 2012
>> STEPHEN TANZER'S - 91 PTS
International Wine Cellar - March 2012
...Saturated ruby. Initially restrained, very deep aromas of blackberry, cassis and bitter chocolate. Dense, lush, superripe and deep, with terrific floral lift and energy to the black fruit and chocolate flavors. Huge, building tannins saturate the incisors but are somehow supported by a massive wave of finishing fruit. The too-much-ain't-enough crowd will rate this even higher than I did.