ELQUI malbec 2015
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about the producer ELQUI
the elqui is a transversal valley which borders the pacific ocean on the west, the atacama desert on the north, and the andes mountains to the east. here, a cool breeze blows eastward across the humboldt current, which flows from antarctica north past chile and peru. these evening breezes cool the vineyards and lower night time temperatures almost 40 degrees, creating wonderful natural acidity in the grapes. the proximity to the atacama, makes rain in this region extremely rare, extending the grape growing season by 6 weeks more than other regions of south america. steffan jorgensen, who was previously chief winemaker at bergevin lane in washington from 2006-2012 and his wife pamela nunez, a trained enologist from the prestigious university of santiago, make small lot varietal wines and blends from 20 acres of estate fruit from their partner and vineyard owner’s property in 2 distinct locations in elqui. all wines are made with special attention to their minerality and earthy aspects and combine with steffan’s style to deliver broad and voluptuous wines with great acidity.