2019 Manos Andinas Malbec


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This handcrafted wine is from carefully selected farmers located in different zones of Mendoza, is our first attempt to bring a characteristic Malbec from Argentina to satisfy customers who seek for exceptional wines with character and identity.

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Traditionally from France, Malbec (AKA Côt or Auxerrois) travelled a long way from its origin to Argentina, ultimately finding a home where it could establish itself. Although it is still grown nobly in specifically, Cahors, France. Malbec is loved for its full body, beautiful purple or magenta colors, bold red and black fruit flavors, and smooth chocolatey notes. Cahors Malbec tends to have hefty tannins and can be quite rustic compared to those from Argentina, which are typically more lush and soft. Other notable regions are Chile, the United States and Australia.

Mendoza, Argentina

The land of Malbec and the heart of Argentina’s wine country. Mendoza is the largest and most important wine region accounting for 75% of Argentina’s vineyards with a focus on red wines. Mendoza has three main wine sub-regions: Lujan de Cuyo, Uco Valley, and Maipu, with more than 1,500 wineries spread throughout. These three sub-regions are situated in the foothills of the Andres mountains providing ample sunshine, snowmelt for irrigation, and have the highest elevation. The high elevation generally results in wine with high acidity giving them a nice freshness and ability to age. Other Mendoza sub-regions including Santa Rosa and San Rafael are also producing terrific value wines. Common grape varieties beyond Malbec include Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Torrontes (an aromatic white varietal). 

After traveling the length and breadth of Chile looking for quality grapes in various wine regions, winemaker Vicente Johnson was able to select a number of growers who truly distinguished themselves out of a clear respect for their unique terroirs. Knowing that one mile makes a huge difference in climate and soils, he put together a stable of his favorite growers in his preferred microclimates to achieve the results he wants on his wines. These small growers were all practicing sustainable viticulture for generations, but were unconnected to the international market until Vincente helped them technically and economically to properly vinify their grapes and deliver their product to a wider audience. The small lots produced by each grower are vinified separately to preserve the maximum expression and character.

Vincente and his partners are committed to supporting local farmers and their communities, training them and paying fair prices for their grapes. Having identified his preferred vineyard sites, he works only with growers that are dedicated to viticulture to ensure sure that they have complete control over their quality and an intimate knowledge of their vines. These relationships are direct, meaning there is no broker in the middle. The relationship with the growers goes beyond just buying grapes but rather endeavors to increase the overall profitability of their small family businesses while preserving their traditional, manual farming methods. As almost all of their work in the vineyards is done by hand (mano), the name Manos Andinas, or “Hands of the Andes” honors their hard work and commitment.

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