Arriero Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008
Type: Red wine
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
The Gonzalez Family has cultivated the vine in the same plot of land for over 100 years. The Hacienda del Plata estate is situated in Chacras de Coria, a prime location in the department of Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, at an altitude of 3,149 feet above sea level. The winery, with an annual production of about 6,000 cases, sits among 45 acres of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted in 1995-97 on fertile, sandy soil with some gravel. Vinification: Traditional winemaking, starting with a cold maceration for 48 hours at 8-10°C, followed by 15 days of fermentation at 24-26°C in stainless steel tanks, pumping over 3 times daily
Ageing: Free-run and press wines were aged separately in 2nd use French and American oak barrels of 225 liters for 12 months, then blended with 20% un-oaked wine and further aged in bottle for 10 months before release
Chemical analysis: Alc. 13.8 %, Total Acidity 5.96 g/l, Res. Sugar 2.65 g/l, Dry Extract 27.94 g/l, Total SO2 96 mg/l
Tasting Notes: A wine full of character, with aromas of black pepper, vanilla and coconut and some spice. Well-structured and balanced, it has a persistent and smooth finish. It is an excellent partner for camembert cheese, venison, grilled or roasted beef and lamb dishes, as well as spicy tomato based pasta dishes. Serve at 62-63°F.