This is Martin’s cru series Malbec which is only made in exceptional vintages. Both varieties, the Merlot and Cabernet Franc, come from the same estate as the ‘Tupungato’ Malbec (though different blocks) along the Las Tunas River at 3800 feet above sea level. The vineyards here have a diverse array of alluvial soils, crossed by many rivers and river beds. Wines from Tupungato tend to have very expressive aromas because of the sun exposure, and yet they are lighter bodied with much more skin and bone than muscle with an austere mid palate, depending on the soil composition.
Grapes are hand picked and then brought into the cellar for spontaneous fermentation. About 80% of the grapes are de-stemmed and sent to stainless, along with the remaining 20% whole clusters. When primary fermentation is complete, the wine is pressed off the skins and sent to concrete tanks for 18 months of aging. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation. It is gently fined and filtered to preserve freshness and bottled with a small dosage of sulfur.