CAMINO MALBEC 2017
CAMINO MALBEC 2017 originates from a petite vineyard nestled in the Lolol area, situated on the coastal side of the Colchagua Valley—a renowned region for red varieties.
The year 2017 brought warmth with high temperatures, low humidity, and prevailing winds. These conditions prompted a vigilant approach to ripening evolution, resulting in an early harvest. Positioned 35 km from the Pacific Ocean in a direct line, the vineyard reaped the benefits of the coastal trough, amplifying its influence during warm years. Comprising 96% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc, this wine boasts a captivating composition of harvest times and vinifications.
A portion of the Malbec, harvested on March 7th, aimed at preserving freshness, acidity, and red fruits, a crucial consideration in the warmth of the year. Another fraction involved a co-fermentation of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, harvested on March 28th. This unique approach incorporates the ideal ripeness for Cabernet Franc, contributing notes of black fruits and a distinct profile for Malbec. Co-fermentation enhances complexity, achieved through destemmed whole berries, native yeasts, temperature control (not exceeding 82.4-86°F), gentle extraction, and an extended maceration period for smooth tannins and firm structure.
After an average maceration period of 30 days, the wines were aged in old barrels and Flexcubes, including ten percent new French oak. CAMINO MALBEC exhibits an intriguing profile of blackberries, blueberries, dried plums, and figs. With a well-balanced composition, velvety structure, and a persistent finish, it embodies the essence of its coastal terroir.