2018 MATTHIASSON Malbec, Matthiasson Vineyard
The grapes were destemmed and crushed, and fermented in a very small stainless steel tank. We did a mixture of manual punch downs and pump-overs. We pressed after 18 days on the skins, and aged the wine in neutral Burgundy barrels for 9 months. We bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The pH is 3.48, the TA is 4.95 g/l, and the alcohol is 13.2%. 84 cases produced.
The Malbec represents 1 row in our home ("MATTHIASSON") vineyard in the Western Oak Knoll area of Napa Valley. The vines were planted in 2015. Organically managed, with fruit trees at the ends of the rows and flowering bushes throughout for “good bug” habitat, the vines are serenaded throughout the season by kids, coyotes, owls, bees, and the occasional roar of one of our old tractors.