The 2009 Malbec was selected by the Derech Ha’Yaiin (Wine Route) chain as a wine that would be sold as a ‘Special Edition’ within its branches.
Malbec grapes grow in large, well-formed clusters that require pruning on a regular basis. This allows each grape to fully ripen, which in turn allows for the rich flavor and color to be transferred to the wine. Harvesting takes place in mid-September when the grapes reach a sugar level of 26 Brix. Malbec is deep purple in color, although it closely resembles black in appearance. It combines the flavor of dried European plums along with that of tobacco spices. It’s rough and sharp flavor leaves a pleasant and prolonged finish on the palate.
Following the harvest, the grapes were held in cold immersion for six hours before undergoing the fermentation process which lasted between 12 and 16 days. After Malolactic fermentation was completed, the wine was barrel-aged in new (30%), 2-year-old (40%) and 3 to 4-year-old (30%) French oak. The aging period lasted for a period of 18 months.
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