Altocedro Malbec Ano Cero 2017
The winery and vineyards of Altocedro are located in the premier region of La Consulta, Valle de Uco, Mendoza. Winemaker and owner Karim Mussi Saffie uses sustainable growing practices to produce limited amounts of terroir-driven wines. The vines range up to 100 years of age. All harvesting, sorting, and crushing are done in individual batches by hand. Fermentation occurs either in small cement tanks or in barrels, and the extract is done with a gravity flow system developed at the winery over 100 years ago. Altocedro has become synonymous with outstanding La Consulta wine.
Average Age of Vines: 30 years Average Vineyard Altitude: 3,300 feet Production: 1.5 kg per plant Sustainably Farmed: 100% Harvest Method: By hand Sorting: Double manual selection Fermentation: Entire berry fermentation with indigenous yeasts in small concrete vats; gravity-fed. 7 days at 27C. Malolactic Fermentation: 100% Spontaneous Winemaking: 10% bleed-off, four pump-overs per day; three total delestages; no filtering; natural cold stabilization Aging: 30% spent 12 months in French oak barrels