100% Bonarda Argentina grapes come from an “espaldero” vineyard (vertical shoot positioning) located in a unique microclimate in the area of Ugarteche, Mendoza. This area sits slightly higher than the neighboring vineyards to the north, which contributes to cooler nights, resulting in acid development and retention. The low fertility soils help balance the natural vigor of the Bonarda vine, and deep soils with good drainage facilitate root development.
The wine is vinified with native yeast in 300hl stainless steel tanks with temperature control at 28-30 Celsius, 10 days time from crushing to pressing, with daily rack and return for a gentle extraction. Following fermentation, the Reserve Bonarda is moved to a 3500 liter French oak foudre for ageing. Compared to aging in small barriques, using a foudre gives a greater ratio of volume to surface area, allowing the wine to breathe, soften and integrate, but still protect the wine against oxidation. This completely neutral barrel imparts a soft, round mouthfeel without the oak flavor characteristics- which we do not want present in Bonarda Reserve.
The wine opens with penetrating notes of roses, ripe red fruit and spicy black pepper. The silky, elegant palate is a result of a unique ageing process in neutral oak French foudres. The wine finishes with soft, sweet tannins and lively natural acidity.