Chañar Punco 2013

Bodega El Esteco

Terroir: Chañar Punco is a unique sub-region surrounded by the Quilmes Mountains, located southwest within the Calchaquí Valley. The Calchaquí Valley is Argentina's best-known wine growing region after Mendoza. At 6500 feet above sea level, this terroir displays unique characteristics. Poor, rocky and calcareous soil combined with the scarce heat load, radiation, in the months prior to harvest, allows the grape to slowly develop its maximum expression. Vineyard orientation runs from North to South allowing moderate winds from the north to improve the microclimate of the canopy. Distilled water is pumped deep from the soil and drip irrigation is used.

Vinification: Thanks to its remote, high-altitude terroir, the Chañar Punco possesses great personality and structure, delivering unique characteristics. Harvest is done manually early in the morning, selecting the best rows of the parcel. Pre-fermentative maceration is carried on at 45°F, and native yeasts are used for the alcoholic fermentation. Before malolactic fermentation each variety is racked into new French oak barrels of 225 liters where the fermentation process is carried out and aged for 18 months. The blend is defined after an intense selection of the best 8 barrels. The wine is bottled without stabilization and filtration in order to maintain the essence of the wine.

Additional Information

Rich, dark violet in color with a nose of dark chocolate, berry, plum and herb. Explosively rich on the palate with long, structured tannins.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Calchaquí Valley
  • Winemaker: Alejandro Daniel Pepa
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Sand, Gravel, Calcareous
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  • Alcohol: 15%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.9 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 3.2 g/l
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  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 4/750ml
  • UPC Code: Inquire
  • Varietals: 65% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon

Recent Press

  • Score: 94 Points

    Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: Michael Schachner
    Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017

    This single-vineyard Malbec blend from vineyards that sit at 6,500 feet smells dark, grilled and rubbery, but also meaty and full of fruit. A full, lush palate avoids fierceness and lays on the richness. Toasty, lightly herbal berry and plum flavors are highly appealing. The wine tastes of herbs, salted meat and spices on a complex finish. Drink through 2024.

    Grade: Editors Choice

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