Melipal Blend

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Appellation: Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza   

Main varieties: Malbec, Petit Verdot y Cabernet Franc. 
Original vineyards: 
Melipal estate vineyard planted in 2003 
Nazarenas estate vineyard planted in 1923 
Altitude a.s.l.: 980 mts. 
Soil type: Slimy sand 
Plantation density: 
Melipal vineyard 7.900 plants/hect. 
Nazarenas vineyard 6.000 plants/hect. 
Production (k/plant): 
Melipal vineyard 1 kgs/plant 
Nazarenas vineyard 0,500 kgs/plant. 
Harvest: Manual, in 15 kg boxes.     

ELABORATION
Alcoholic fermentation: Spontaneous, with indigenous yeasts, carried out in 75 hl tanks, at a temperature betwen 28°C to 30°C. 
Fermentation and maceration time (days): 20 to 23 days 
Malolactic fermentation: In French oak barrels. 
Ageing: 12 month in French oak barrels. 
Each varietal was separate during fermentation and ageing then selecting the best barrels the final blend was made.