WINE ADVOCATE 91+ POINTS - "The young and fresh 2017 Hey Malbec! mixes grapes from young vines in the Valle de Uco with those from older ones in Luján de Cuyo. It fermented with some full clusters in concrete vats and used barriques, and most of the wine was kept in concrete with just a small percentage in oak. This has an explosive nose, with great maturity, moderate acidity and superb natural balance. It's very clean, focused and fruit-driven. It seems simple, but t'is a lot more complex and has more depth than you think. There are flowers, berries, herbs and spices, with a juicy, harmonious palate. What an entry-level Malbec should deliver."
Matías Riccitelli started his boutique winery in 2009, located in Las Compuertas at 1100 meters above sea level. It is the highest area of Lujan de Cuyo, and here he tends 20 hectares of ungrafted old vineyards. Matías also works with small, independent growers that own their lands at the bottom of the Andes halfway between 1000 and 1700 meters above sea level - in Gualtallary, Chacayes, Altamira and La Carrera.
• All harvests are conducted by hand and fermentation takes place in small concrete vats and concrete eggs. Purity and delicacy in winemaking are prized by Matías and great care is taken in preserving the fruit’s singularity in order to obtain vibrant wines.
• In 2015 a new project was begun: old vineyards of Semillon, Merlot and Malbec were discovered and reclaimed in Argentinian Patagonia. The vineyards are located in the Rio Negro high valley and were planted in the late 1960’s. The resulting wines are fresh, intensely aromatic and highly balanced.
70% of this wine matures inside small concrete tanks, 30% remaining inside French used oak barrels