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Riccitelli Hey Malbec Rosétext
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16½/20

Riccitelli Hey Malbec Rosé 2020

Perdriel District, Luján de Cuyo, Northern Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaOne of Argentina's leading young winemakers, Matías Riccitelli started his boutique winery in 2009, in Las Compuertas, at 1100 meters above sea level. It is the highest area of Lujan de Cuyo, and here he tends 20 hectares of ungrafted old vineyards. Matías also works with small, independent growers that own their lands at the bottom of the Andes halfway between 1000 and 1700 meters, in Gualtallary, Chacayes, Altamira and La Carrera. This malbec rosé comes from Perdriel, at the banks of the Mendoza River. After a native ferment over a few weeks, this is aged for a short amount of time in concrete eggs. Pouring a shining orange / peach hue, this juicy, vibrant, dry rosé sings with wild raspberry, bergamot, grapefruit peel, crunchy pear to a lingering finish. I love the textural riff from the concrete eggs here, elevating this far beyond its peers. A name to watch, and seek out.Tasted: 01 April 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 16.95 consignment Producer: Matias RiccitelliDistributors: Nicholas Pearce Wines
Grape: Malbec