Grapes grown in the high Uco Valley sub-region of Mendoza are employed to make this robust full-bodied Malbec. The hand-harvested grapes are fermented whole in small concrete vats using indigenous yeast and the wine is moved through the winery by gravity flow: no pumps are used to move the wine. After a 15 day maceration and the malolactic fermentation the wine is aged for 10 months in new French oak Bordeaux barrels; no filtration is carried out prior to bottling. Full-flavoured, with a classic Malbec palate.
Alpasión’s goal is to make the best possible wine according to sustainable organic standards. To achieve this, they have hired a very talented and passionate young wine maker, Karim Mussi Saffie, an Argentine of Lebanese descent, whose family has been in the wine business for generations. Karim is fast becoming an influential and prominent winemaker in the Uco Valley region. The Alpasión Malbec 2011 was awarded 90 Parker Points and the Alpasión Malbec 2012 won a Gold Medal from Decanter.
The grapes used come from vineyards located in the district of Chacayes, Alto Valle de Uco. The design of the vineyard was done after extensive soil studies and electro conductivity tests carried out by Pedro Parra: Pedro is a terroir specialist, with a PhD from the Institut National Agronomique of Paris. A specialist in native flora and fauna, Dr. Rubén Oliva, was also employed to carry out a study of the plants that were present on the property in order to preserve the most exotic and rare species. It is their intention to have their vineyard and wine certified organic in the near future.