Vergena 2014

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Case of 6 bottles.

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Mostly Malbec - from vines established from cuttings from a famous, centuries-old vineyard in Mendoza - with small amounts (less than 20% total) of Merlot and Petit Verdot. The small vineyard is directly in front of the owner’s home in Tuscany, which he named Vergena. The site was selected due to the high limestone content in the low-fertile soil, as well as the altitude; more typical of sites where Malbec flourishes. 

Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks with the employment, to assist extraction, of pumping over of the cap of skins and delestage (rack and return) of the fermenting must. The period of skin contact lasted from 15 to 30 days, after which the skins were softly pressed. Malolactic fermentation took place in small barrels. Wines are bottled without filtration.

Aging – 12 months in total – is in fine-grained French oak (Allier) barrels (60 gallon) with medium toasting, a mix of new, second and third use barrels. The wine settles in stainless steel tanks before bottling. This is the first vintage of this wine, and production was less than 1,000 bottles, and only about 100 bottles came into Ontario. 

Tasting Note: Deep, intense, purple colour. Complex, aromas and flavours of dark fruit — blueberry, blackberry, and ripe cherry — with sweet spiciness (touch of vanilla) and notes of black pepper and anise. Initially tannic (still youthful), but it opens up nicely after decanting and finishes with a long, elegant finish.