Bold New Argentine
Matias chose Mendoza’s Luja de Cuyo region where he owns 20 hectates of ungrafted old vineyards in three distinct microclimates at the foothills of the Andes mountains. He also built a gravity flow winery at the highest point above sea level. Luján de Cuyo is one of Mendoza’s most promising sub-region where a splendid combination of high altitude, desert-like noon heat and cooling night winds extend the ripening season while the infertile rocky alluvial soils stress the wines into producing smaller berries of superb quality. It was in fact in Luján de Cuyo that the architect of Argentina’s illustrious wine industry, Malbec was first planted in 1853 and today Matias Riccitelli has re-fashioned and crafted a bold modern style. He has all the grapes handpicked and the juice fermented in small vats to unlock concentrated flavours.
Matias is invested in the potential of old vines to retain authentic fruit character which Matias then enhances with modern tech in the winery. Not one to rest on his laurels, Matias launched yet another wine project in 2015 with old vine parcels in Patagonia’s Rio Negro region. The pure and delicate flavours of Matias’s wines shine through on the palate. Matias Riccitelli wines reflect his love for the vast Mendoza region and winemaking ethos that marries tradition and modern creativity. And we’ve plucked three of Matias Riccitelli’s coolest Malbec expressions, bursting with perfectly ripened fruit and rich character, for you to appreciate. This December, enjoy Matias Riccitelli’s cracking good signatures. Cheers!