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Altocedro, Ano Cero Malbec La Consulta 2018
Karim Mussi Saffie
Ripe, juicy character with concentrated dark fruit and a clean savoury edge - What a fantastic expression of La Consulta, with ripe and intense flavours of cassis and blueberries. A delicious Malbec to drink with boudin noir" Paz Levinson, 4th place in the 'Great value Malbec from Argentina' tasting by Decanter, October 2018, 92 points
Whole berry fermentation takes place in small concrete vats, over 7 days at 25C, four pump over a day. Undergoes malolactic fermentation and 30% is aged for 8-10 months in French oak.
The winery and vineyards of Altocedro are located in the premier region of La Consulta, Valle de Uco, Mendoza. Winemaker and owner Karim Mussi Saffie uses sustainable growing practices to produce limited amounts of terroir-driven wines. The vines range up to 100 years of age. All harvesting, sorting, and crushing are done in individual batches by hand. Fermentation occurs either in small cement tanks or in barrels, and the extract is done with a gravity flow system developed at the winery over 100 years ago. Altocedro has become synonymous with outstanding La Consulta wine. 'Altocedro represents real artisanal winemaking, a boutique operation with some serious talent behind the wheel.' -Wine Spectator