Mendoza has an enviable array of grape varieties, many of which
are planted at high altitudes. The long summers mean the wines
have wonderfully pure tasting fruit, and this Viñalba Malbec Touriga Nacional is a great example of this. A collaboration between Hervé Joyaux Fabre and another award-winning winemaker and friend Rui Reguinga, this wine is powerful but elegant with a rich, complex palate of blackcurrant and plum flavours.
The soils in our vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo are stony, sandy loam and have good drainage. The vines grown in the foothills of mountain ranges, more than 950m above sea level. The Malbec vines are 45 years old and the Touriga Nacional vines are 8 years old.
The grapes are harvested in the first half of April by hand into small trays of 20kg to prevent damage and then meticulously sorted in order to select the best grapes for this wine. Cold maceration takes for 5 days followed by fermentation in temperature controlled tanks at 26-28° with 4 pump overs per day and a period of 20 days of maceration.