Deep in the heart of the Valle de Uco lie two remarkable vineyards. Both sustain ancient and low-yielding vines on the high, rocky plains of the Andes, far south in Mendoza. One yields black fruit of great concentration and depth; the other is more graceful and supple. Both are SUSTAINABLY FARMED to ensure purity of aroma and intensity of flavor. Together they create Tierra Divina, a delicious , exotic, and deeply complex malbec that matches beautifully with hearty pastas, complex latino dishes, and grilled meats.
We are often asked if we dry farm our malbec in Mendoza. Easy answer: No! Rainfall in the lee of the Andes rarely reaches ten inches per year; and the soil in this semi-arid desert is sandy loam underlain with round alluvial rocks, which results in minimal water holding capacity andmaximal drainage. This is why the pioneers established a sophisticated series of canal networks in the late 1800s to funnel water from the Andes snowmelt into the vineyards. Irrigation, besides being a necessity, is in fact a benefit: water is applied periodically to the vines according to their needs, not according to random rainfall patterns. One rarely sees superabundant foliage in Mendoza simply because over-irrigation is virtually impossible. The 2009 vintage combines the power of the 2007 and the lushness of the 2008 vintages. Naturally, it is dark, almost black, due to the high altitude and wide thermal amplitude in these southern vineyards. The nose is full with deep tones of blueberries and dark plums. In the mouth, this vintage is initially robust, with a huge burst of flavor up front, and gentle later on, with a long and smooth finish. Unlike many of the malbecs that are made in the fat international style – and often from young vines, Tierra Divina Vineyards wines are packed with spice,minerality, and balanced with acidity. This vintage can be enjoyed with grilled meats, hearty pastas, and full flavored vegetarian dishes. SALUD!