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Agustin Lanus, Sumak Kawsay Malbec, Tucuman 2016
This is a very special addition coming from a small vineyard owned by the indigenous community Los Amaichas at the foot of the Andes. The wine itself is intensely aromatic with scents of red cherry, dried cranberries and graphite, with notes of honey and chocolate from long barrel aging. The notes continue onto the palate with great intensity and a sumptuous and clean finish.
It is fermented using 100% indigenous yeasts in concrete tanks at controlled temperature, with cold pre-fermentation for 4 days at 10°C. 50% of the wine is aged 15 months in tank and 50% in used French Oak barrels. It is bottled unfiltered and unclarified.
Made from 40 small (¼ to 1 hectare) vineyards owned by the indigenous community Los Amaichas, located at 2,200 masl, in Amaicha del Valle, a dramatic desert settlement high in the Andes mountains. The soils are alluvial with a large amount of sand and rocks. The poor soils, wide temperature variations and long maturation time due to the extreme altitude produce a very hardy Malbec grape.
A celebration of ancient terrors, SUMAK KAWSAY (“The Good Life” in the native dialect) is produced with minimal intervention and a deep respect for mother earth. The vineyards are looked after using ancient techniques and the harvest is done by hand, with the assistance of mules.