|Dry, Red, Full Bodied, Black Fruit, Blueberries, Herbaceous, Fresh, Balance, Structured, Complex, Smooth, Unoaked, Food Friendly
|Valle de Uco, Mendoza
Discover the elegant and refined taste of Finca Ambrosia Luna Llena Gran Malbec. This youthful, unoaked wine boasts a beautiful chalky texture and clean, ripe black and blue fruit flavours. With hints of dried thyme and French lavender, and a long, complex finish, it's the perfect choice for red meat dishes including a liberally herbed Sunday Roast Beef.
The grapes are harvested by the light of the full moon. In 2022 this was March 18th. There is a belief amongst scientists and vignerons, especially in Biodynamic agriculture that the moon has a great deal of influence in vineyard life and timings. This wine is full of vibrance and complexity and it is suggested that this has come from the moon. Who are we to argue, it's certainly a fantastic drop!
About the Producer
In 2002 a group of 11 friends from 7 different countries decided to create a vineyard. They ended up in Argentina and what started as fun amongst friends has become Finca Ambrosia – a fine wine business with a growing reputation for its high-altitude wines.
Finca Ambrosia is the story of Argentinian’s wine revolution over the last 20 years where it has moved from big Malbecs to terroir driven fine wines. This revolution started 100kms south of Mendoza City in the Uco Valley, which is only 70km long and 40kms wide. The Andes give the Uco Valley its 2 critical attributes: alluvial soils with high quality and varied terroir and altitude which is unique to Argentina, enabling good acidity and luxurious tannins.
The friends bought land at 1250m in the sub-district of Gualtallary in the Uco Valley’s northern district of Tupungato. At the time the only neighbours were Zapata Catena’s now world-famous Adrianna vineyard and one other producer. Gualtallary’s terroir has a limestone concentration giving its wines minerality and is considered one of South America’s top terroirs for premium wines.
Finca Ambrosia produces the highest quality malbec, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and cabernet franc gapes from its 59ha and is 1 of only 3 artisanal producers in Gualtallary.
Since first harvest, Finca Ambrosia’s high-quality fruit was in demand from Argentina’s top wineries such as and Trapiche, Altos Los Hormegas and Vina Cobos. In 2010 renowned Argentinian winemaker Daniel Pi was engaged to make wine for the owners, paying him with bottles of the wine. One such bottle came to the attention of Robert Parker in 2012 who awarded it 95 points – an outstanding score for a first vintage!
Daniel Pi remains a key member of the team which has also been supported by Chile’s famous ‘terroirista’ Pedro Parra. Finca Ambrosia now has its own brand and style of interpretation of Gualtallary’s terroir. It has a growing reputation in Argentina and internationally where the soil, natural environment and team’s artisanal work are seen in its wine’s freshness, elegance and fruit purity.
Vineyard and Winery
This wine is made from grapes grown in soils sandy from wind erosion and riverbed granite stones coated with calcium carbonate. The vineyard is located 1,250 meters or 4,150 feet above sea level. The vines have an average yield of 8000 kg per hectare or 3.2 tons per acre, resulting in high quality wines. The 2022 growing season had a long and dry period, leading to grapes with ideal ripeness. Despite cooler temperatures, the yield was still abundant. Limited rainfall was supplemented by glacial water and occasional showers, which helped maintain the vines' balance. The cooler autumn combined with perfect growing conditions in February and March allowed for the production of exceptional wines. Harvest took place on March 18th 2022 under the full moon capturing the energy that many vigneron place great faith in.
To capture and retain the energy, vibrance and varietal style of this Luna Llena Malbec from Finca Ambrosia, the grapes are fermented in stainless steel before then being aged in concrete vats for 6 months and three months in bottle.
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