Trapiche Terroir Series Finca Orellana Malbec is a single vineyard Malbec made from grapes sourced from a vineyard in La Consulta, Valle de Uco, Mendoza.
Trapiche’s Winery is located in the Mendoza wine-growing region in the foothills of the Andes. Trapiche was founded in 1883 next to a railway station, this location meant they had a much easier route to export than other Mendoza wineries, something that they attribute their continued success to today. Today Trapiche own over 1000 hectares of their own vineyards as well as buying some grapes from local growers. Trapiche have long recognised the importance of “terroir” and, under the careful supervision of Chief Winemaker and oenologist Daniel Pi, the best terroirs (vineyard sites) possible for each grape variety are very carefully chosen.
The Trapiche Terroir series is a range of wines that developed out of Trapiche’s desire to give recognition to some of the best Malbec producing vineyards and the growers that owned them. Originally this range was known as Trapiche Single Vineyard Malbec and each year Trapiche would choose three different growers’ Malbecs, from three of their different growers to represent the best Malbec that Trapiche can offer in a particular vintage. This first wines were released and it was a great honour to have one’s vineyard chosen for such accolades. Some of the vineyards chosen over the years have included Finca Suarez Lastrac, Finca Coletto, Vina Domingo F Sarmiento and Vina Jorge Miralles. From 2011 Trapiche now only bottle three different terroirs as the Trapiche Terroir Series – Finca Ambrosia, Finca Coletto and Finca Orellana. Each single vineyard is located in different areas in Mendoza and at different altitudes, this variation in terroir leads to three markedly different wines.
Trapiche Terroir Series Finca Orellana Malbec has been one of the most consistent vineyard sites and has been chosen to as one of three vineyards to be bottled in this range a number of times. As mentioned above the vineyard is located in the La Consulta in Valle de Uco, Mendoza. The vines are 62+ years old and the vineyards are situated at 990 metres above sea level. 2011 was the fourth time that Fausto Orellana has been chosen to be part of the Terroir Series. He puts this success down to the fact that his Malbec vines for this wine are over well over 60 years old. The vines are grown on alluvial, sandy soils with a plant density of 5000 per hectare & the vines follow a North-South orientation.
Each of the three Trapiche Terroir Series Malbec wines are vinified in the same way. The grapes are hand-harvested, with bunch selection in the vineyards, followed by destemming and berry selection, The wine undergoes fermentation and maceration in small concrete vats for a a minimum of 25 days and undergoes natural malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels followed by a further 12 months in bottle prior to release.
Trapiche Terroir Series Malbec Finca Orellana will reward patient cellaring.
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.