Cielo y Tierra

Don Juan Nahuel Malbec – 2007

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Cielo y Tierra

Gustavo Santaolalla is world renowned in his field of music. He is a two-time Oscar winning film composer. Santaolalla’s good friend and colleague is Raúl Orozco, a musician from Mendoza, part of the folklore duet Orozco-Barrientos, whose song “Celador de Sueños” was given a Grammy award. Together with winemaker Juan Carlos Chavero, Santaolalla and Orozco with passion and artistic flair have their sights set on becoming known as one of Argentina’s finest wine producers.

Grapes / Soils

Malbec

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Lunlunta, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza

Wine Summary
  • Made from Malbec grapes.
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks at 25-27° and oak barrels.
  • Aged in French and American oak, of which 30-50% are new.
  • Aged for 16 months.
Technical Information
  • Cold Soak: Pre-fermentation at 10° for 24 hours.
  • Alcoholic Fermentation: at 25-27° in stainless steel tanks for 10 days.
  • Malolactic Fermentation: in oak barrels.
  • Alcohol: 14.0%.
  • Oak Aging: 16 months.
  • Oak Type: French & American barrels (50% each), 30% new oak.
  • Barrel Age: 30-50% new, the remainder are 1-2 years of age.
  • Varietal Breakdown: 100% Malbec from Lunlunta, Mendoza.
  • Vineyard Information: 15 to 25 year old vines, VSP trained.

Reviews

92 Points

This opens with persuasive aromas of wild berry and cassis before cola and leather notes enter. It’s a powerfully built Malbec with bright acidity, strong bones and pure, bold flavors of blackberry and black cherry. This is youthful and more fruit focused than the oakier DJN 2006 Reserva Malbec.

Wine Enthusiast, October, 2012

91 Points

The 2007 Don Juan Nahuel Malbec spent 20 months in French oak. It offers up an already complex bouquet of floral, underbrush, and black fruit aromas leading to a savory, structured, full-flavored wine with enough structure and balance to drink well through 2019, if not longer.

© Wine Advocate, December, 2011

-- Points

Intense ruby red with violet tones. Aroma is frank and true to the varietal, with generous notes of vanilla and red fruit. Opulent with soft, mature tannins, with notes of raisins, and an intense finish with ripples of dried plums, chocolate, and subtle hints of coffee.

Winemaker's Notes, November, 2011

General Info

Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Appellation(s) Lunlunta
Proprietors Gustavo Santaolalla & Raúl Orozco
Founded 2005
Winemaker Juan Carlos Chavero
Annual Production 2,600 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable