`Terrasse` Cahors Malbec

Cahors

Causse du Théron

Antonio Morescalchi of Altos Las Hormigas, visited Cahors in 2013 with Pedro Parra,...

the renowned expert on vineyard mapping in South America, to learn about the origins of Malbec. The longer they spent there, the more they became fascinated by the diversity of the soils, especially the vines planted on Kimmeridgian limestone. They selected two vineyards owned by a local family as the wellspring of their Cahors Malbec project. The name, Causse du Théron, translates to ‘hills of Theron’, causse meaning hill in the local dialect.

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Vineyards

The Terrasse vineyard gives its name to this wine. The grapes are sourced from a 2.5 hectare selected plot in the 12 hectare Terrasse vineyard, which is located in a valley on alluvial soil rich in calcium carbonate.

Vintage Information

2015 was a very good vintage. Spring began with very mild temperatures and an exceptionally sunny June provided perfect conditions for flowering. Besides some welcome rain in August, the summer was dry and warm which resulted in the development of healthy grapes.

Vinification

The grapes were machine harvested. After careful sorting at the winery, fermentation took place in cement tanks at 28°C using ambient yeasts. The wine spent a total of 12 days on its skins with gentle pump overs to aid extraction. The wine then remained in tank for one year to allow it to mellow. The wine was lightly filtered prior to bottling, however, no fining took place.

Tasting Notes

The ‘Terrasse’ has ripe mulberry, blackberry and spice on the nose with fresh acidity and restrained tannins on the palate. The finish is long and perfumed. This wine displays alluring, bright Malbec fruit with a finesse that is unmarred by oak.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Malbec
Region Cahors, South West France
Winemaker Sebastien Sigaud, Attilio Pagli & Leonardo Erazo
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 3.07g/l
Residual Sugar 2g/l
Wine pH 3.54