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Imperial Stag Reserva Iconic Red Mendoza
Imperial Stag
Argentina - Mendoza   

This is a single vineyard planted with Malbec and Syrah with low yields (2.5 ton per acre for the Malbec and 3.5 ton per acre for the Syrah).

Bright and intense, full bodied red wine with violet hues at the lips. Elegant and savory, with silky persistence. Captivating aromas of currants, raspberries and other red fruits. Distinct tobacco and chocolate aroma melded with honey and amalgamated notes of pepper and nuts from its passage through French oak barrels.

Specifications
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
55% Malbec and 45% Syrah
Age of vines
Malbec planted in 2007 ; Syrah planted in 2009
Soil type
Alluvial soil, mainly composed of sand, silt and gravel.
Vinification
Harvest by hand in case of 39 pounds.
Selection of bunches at the winery. 72 hours of pre-fermentative maceration at 5°C. Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks under controlled temperatures between 27°C and 30°C. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Maturation: the two varietals age separately for 8 months in french oak barrels of 500 and 225 litres. After that, the blend is made and the resulting wine ages another 4 months in oak. Total maturation: 12 month in new French oak.
Production
350 (9-liter cases)
Pairings

Venisson of course ! but also duck, lamb and strong cheeses. 

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