Salta, a dry, sub-tropical region in the far north of Argentina, is home to some of the world's most extreme vineyard sites. In Cafayate, Salta’s key wine-growing region, elevations reach up to nearly 10,000 feet above sea level, providing cool air that makes grape growing possible this close to the equator. Here, the sunlight is intense, resulting in low yields of thick-skinned Malbec grapes. Daytime temperatures are hot, but cool air enters the vineyards at night, slowing down ripening and extending the days until harvest. This allows the grape’s flavors to completely ripen.
At harvest, grape bunches are selected, de-stemmed and fermented under controlled temperatures. A post-fermentation maceration follows, allowing the juice to soak up more flavor and texture from the ripe skins. Maturation occurs for 12 months in a mix of French and American Oak barrels.
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