Wine Maker Notes
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!