The Bonarda The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree Matias Riccitelli grapes coming from Vistalba vineyards located in Lujan de Cuyo and are situated at an altitude of 1,050 metres above sea level. The continental climate is characterised by cold winters and mild summers, with warm days and cool nights. The heat assists the promotion of sugar levels in the ripening grapes, while the coolness of the night retains the acidity level, achieving healthy and balanced berries. The average rainfall is 200mm and the traditional technique of flooding is used for irrigating the vines. The average age of the vines is 60 years; planted as “ espaldero” (vertical shoot position) resulting in a naturally low yield which results in a fresh wine of great concentration. The Vistalba soils are clay, loamy soils above the rocky subsoil. This soil has good drainage, promoting the healing and growth of roots. Deleafing and green harvesting takes place in December, with a manual harvest taking place in small trays of 20 kilograms.
The grapes were manually picked at optimum maturity levels and then meticulously sorted by hand in order to only vinify the best grapes. Pre-fermentation maceration lasted for five days to extract the desired level of colour and flavour. Fermentation took place at controlled temperatures of 26 to 28°C in small concrete tanks, with 20% of the berries in whole clusters using indigenous yeasts. 100% of the wine was matured in seasoned French oak barrels for 12 months.
Matias Riccitelli is the son of renowned winemaker Jorge Riccitelli. Having worked at some of the most prestigious wineries in Argentina and several vintages around the world, Matias used his experience, knowledge and passion and set up his own winery in 2009. His vineyards cover 50 hectares located in three selected sites within the premium growing region of Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza. This is a young and dynamic project in which Matias is seeking to express the full potential of Argentine terroir.