SUNAL ICONO Extreme Altitude Malbec Wine is a robust yet elegant wine made from grapes grown in four micro-terroirs in Argentina’s Upper Calchaqui Valley. This is a very small vintage you won’t want to miss.
Number of bottles:
Extremely limited, 5,000 bottles.
For SUNAL ICONO wine-maker Agustin Lanus worked with grapes sourced from four small extreme altitude vineyards, located in three provinces that make up the Calchaqui Valley, Argentina: Salta, Tucuman and Catamarca provinces. The vineyards are located between 2,200 meters and 2,700 meters, making them among the highest in the world.
The grapes are hand-harvested and the wine made using 100% native yeast, cold pre-fermentation for 5 days, soft maceration of 30 days in total, natural malolactic fermentation.
The wine is aged for 24 months in a mix of French oak, 50% new and 50% neutral used barrels. After bottled unfined and unfiltered have been ages for 15 months.
The ultra-premium SUNAL Malbec wine is made from grapes grown at the very limits of where grapes can be grown. The length of time required for grapes to mature at such extreme altitudes results in thick skins and very low yields, allowing the winemaker to produce an incredibly complex and full-bodied wine. The color is a rich purple, with the nose dominated by balsamic notes and black fruits with floral scents and a long finish.