Matias Riccitelli Riccitelli & Father Malbec
Matias Riccitelli is the son of renowned winemaker Jorge Riccitelli. Having worked at
some of the most prestigious wineries in Argentina and several vintages around the
world, Matias used his experience, knowledge and passion and set up his own
winery in 2009. His vineyards cover 50 hectares located in three selected sites within
the premium growing region of Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza. This is a young and
dynamic project in which Matias is seeking to express the full potential of Argentine
The Malbec comes from extremely old, low-yielding vines that were planted in 1927
and produce intensely concentrated fruit. The vineyard is located in Las
Compuertas, Luján de Cuyo, where the soils are made up of loamy clay over
alluvial. The Cabernet Franc grapes are grown in the mountainous vineyard of Los
Chacayes, in the Uco Valley, on boulder soils. The blend of these two regions and
varieties produces a beautifully balanced wine; the intensely concentrated Malbec
with the mountainous Cabernet Franc which lends freshness from the cooler
altitudes. The grapes are hand-harvested at optimum maturity into small 20kg cases
to preserve the quality of the fruit. The vineyards are in conversion to organic status,
no herbicides are used and the vineyards are cultivated using ecologically friendly
methods to respect the environment and the biodiversity of the vineyard.
This blend was made by Matias Riccitelli and his father Jorge, to showcase
concentrated Malbec from ancient vineyards with the intensity that develops from
Cabernet Franc grown in mountain soils. The grapes were meticulously selected by
hand prior to vinification. 20% was vinified as whole cluster, to impart structure and
complexity, the remaining 80% was destemmed. The grapes were fed by gravity into
small French oak vats, where fermentation took place with indigenous yeasts at
temperatures of between 26° and 28°C. Vinification took place without any additions
and the cap was very gently submerged by hand in order to achieve a slow
extraction of flavours, aromas, colour and tannins. The ageing continued in 2,000
litre oak foudres for 16 months, before being bottled without fining or filtration.
A fine and stylish wine of great aromatic intensity, with a core of black fruits
surrounded by liquorice, spice and floral notes. Remarkably balanced and
deliciously smooth with firm, yet elegant tannins, this has wonderful personality and
an endless finish.
Country - Argentina
Region - Mendoza
Grape Varieties - Malbec 70%, Cabernet Franc 30%
Alcohol by volume - 14.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Matias Riccitelli
Tasting notes - A fine and stylish wine of great aromatic intensity, with a core of black fruits surrounded by liquorice, spice and floral notes. Remarkably balanced and deliciously smooth with firm, yet elegant tannins, this has wonderful personality and an endless finish.
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