J.Alberto 2014 is a field blend of 95% Malbec and 5% Merlot with:
-14,5 % Alcohol
- pH 3,60
- 5,66 g/l of Titratable acidity
Only 12,860 bottles (1,071 cases) and 30 Magnums were produced.
NB. As the wine is a 100% natural and unfiltered, it may present some harmless deposits in the bottle
We began harvesting J.Alberto the 9th and finished the 21st of March 2014. We divided the 4 hectares into 5 different parcels, meaning that we separated the plots following the different types of soil. We also picked them at different times according to their phenolic and sugar concentrations.
Planted in 1955 with 95% Malbec pre Phelloxera pied- Franco vines complemented with a 5% Merlot amongst the Malbec vines.We pick both varieties at the same time, this adds to complexity. The grapes were picked in the morning and brought to the winery in a cool truck in order to preserve the “soul” of the grapes. Something we learned from the valley where they grow some of the best Pears in the world, the only way to keep them so good: The cold. All the grapes were destemed at the winery
into small 2,500 and 5,000 litre cement vats. The grapes were then cold soaked for 7 days before the indigenous fermentation started, we ferment our J.Alberto with its own yeasts. The alcoholic fermentation lasted 2,5 weeks, using the “pigeage” or “plunging” method to extract the color and tannins, this is the gentler way to extract in any form of winemaking.
After the fermentation, the wine was decanted by gravity into second passage french oak barrels and the remainder 5% in cement vat and “Nomblot eggs” for a period of in total 9 months. The Malo Lactic also occurred naturally in the same barrels and vats and “eggs” for about 3 weeks. No batonnage. The wine was racked and blended the 11th of December 2014, all biodynamic practices were being quietly applied to the vineyard and winemaking. The wine was then bottled unfiltered the 22nd of December 2014 .
Matching the wine
J.Alberto tastes at its best with white meat and game but can also be appreciated with the sturdier types of fish!