Huichiara Vineyard Cielo Arriba Malbec 2020


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“The 2020 Cielo Arriba Malbec was produced with grapes from a five-year-old vineyard in Huichiara at 2,800 meters in altitude in the very north of Argentina on stony soils in the province of Jujuy. It’s not pure Malbec, as it was co-fermented with small quantities of Syrah and Cabernet Franc with 100% foot-trodden clusters and indigenous yeasts. It matured in French oak barrels, 10% of them new, for 15 months. It has 13.5% alcohol and retained very good freshness. It’s juicy, fruit-driven, primary and tasty. The grapes were picked very late, from a place with a completely different climate from Salta; here it’s cold (Winkler region I), and they also had some torrential rains in August. 6,000 bottles produced. Drink: 2022-2027. 92+ points

Huichiara Vineyard is a new project in the village of Tilcara, in the Quebrada de Humahuaca in Jujuy from the tandem of Alejandro Sejanovich and Jeff Mausbach. They have two hectares in production and now planted a couple more. They first made a little bit of wine here in 2018. 2020 was the start of pandemic… They make between 4,000 and 6,000 bottles.”

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (11/22)