MAAL Rebelión Malbec 2018
Vista Flores, Mendoza, Argentina
Up high along the eastern edge of the Andes Mountains is Vista Flores. This tiny appellation in Mendoza is where winemaker Alfredo Merlo and grower Matias Fraga make MAAL, which simply stands for "Malbec As Alfredo Likes". It's all about Malbec for these guys, produced in varying styles and grown 900-1350m above sea level. While the majority of their fruit comes from Vista Flores, they also source small parcels from top appellations such us Las Compuertas, in Luján de Cuyo, and Campo Los Andes, in Uco Valley.
Rebelión is sourced from Vista Flores, Altamira and Luján de Cuyo vineyards at an altitude of 1100 / 1250 / 900m and age of 9 / 6 / 95 years,respectively. Fruit is hand harvested and brought to the winery for a three-day cold maceration. Wild ferment begins at temperatures between 22-25°C, with maceration occurring for 23 days. Six months oak ageing for 40% of the wine in third use barrels, 60% wine with oak staves.
Deep blackcurrant and black cherry fruit with a touch of chocolate. Super soft tannins with a well structured medium body and dark fruit coming through.