The SoloContigo winery team successfully completed its inaugural harvest in the newly constructed production nave in the Uco Valley. The new nave contains three different types of tanks: cement, stainless steel, and oak. Each style of tank will uniquely modify and advance the profiles of Solo Contigo’s 2015 vintage throughout the year.
Once again, SoloContigo harvested grapes from the company’s estate vineyards as well as the famous sub-region of AltaMira within the Uco Valley, two premium and super premium growing regions located at higher altitudes of 2800 ft (850m) – 3600 ft (1200m) at the base of the Andes Mountains. The high daytime temperatures and low nighttime temperatures paired with the unique soil makeup of the region (clay and rock based with a stony and sandy surface) directly affects the stress and yields on the grapes during the growing season.
The region experienced abnormal rainfall late in the season, which immediately challenged German and the team. The first bins of Malbec grapes touched the new sorting table the second week of March and continued to be sorted, de-stemmed, and crushed through late April, with the juice being gravity fed into one of the three different types of tanks. Unlike traditional winemaking, there is no use of pumps or mechanical force applied during the initial stages of the winemaking process, which enables the wine to extract color, flavor and tannin.
German collaborated with the harvest helpers to harvest super premium Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and premium Malbec. By the third week of April, the team began pressing the first batch to begin primary fermentation. By May, the winery held 76,925 liters of fresh juice, which will continue to ferment and age in the new winery in the months to come. The SoloContigo team looks forward to sharing the next vintage only with you!