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Bianchi `Particular` Malbec

San Rafael, Mendoza

Valentin Bianchi

The Bianchi family winery was founded in 1928 by Italian immigrant Valentin Bianchi...

It now covers 350 hectares of vineyard, situated 750m above sea level in San Rafael, about 240km south of Mendoza city. This is a cooler area than Mendoza’s major vineyard areas of Luján de Cuyo and Agrelo because it is further south, which helps the flavours and perfumes develop more gradually, resulting in more aromatic wines. The estate is now run by the third generation of the family and has undergone a gradual transformation in the past few years, modernising both the winery and the vinification processes. Finca Los Primos comprises a range of excellent value varietals. Famiglia Bianchi, Particular and Enzo are each a step up in concentration and depth of fruit, from older and lower yielding vineyards.

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Vineyards

The grapes for this wine come from the Doña Elsa vineyard which is situated in Rama Caída, San Rafael, Mendoza at 750 metres above sea level. Rama Caída is among the coolest areas of San Rafael, with sandy calcareous soils of alluvial origin.

Vintage information

The health of the grapes was exceptional. The colours were slow to appear, but at the last moment they did with splendour, giving rise to very good wines and good concentration especially in the Uco Valley. The winter was relatively mild, with very few days of intensely cold weather. The spring was very dry with no rain. The summer was very hot and dry, and many plants needed extra water. Full maturity was achieved due to careful irrigation management, which balanced the strength of the harvest, resulting in a perfect evolution of the phenols, and clusters in excellent health.

Vinification

The grapes were hand-harvested, hand-sorted and de-stemmed. Once in fermenting tanks, cold maceration took place for a few days, followed by fermentation over a period of 20 days, where temperatures did not exceed 30°C. Gentle extraction of colour and flavour was achieved by remontage, or pump-overs, to mix the skins and the juice. The wine was then aged for 14 months in all new barrels (80% French oak and 20% American) and aged in bottled for a further 12 months.

Tasting Notes

An almost purple red. Intense aromas of violets and ripe plum are followed by notes of tobacco, vanilla, spices and a touch of coffee. The palate is full, with round and supple tannins and juicy black fruit. The fresh acidity mingles with cassis, spice and plum flavours on the generous, lingering finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 100% Malbec
Region San Rafael, Mendoza
Winemaker Facunda Pereira
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 5.17g/l
Residual Sugar 3.53g/l
Wine pH 3.41