Norton Privada Family Blend 2017/18

NPFB1718

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Excellent aromatic complexity with notes of ripe fruit, spices, and hints of smoke and coffee. Rich and generous on the palate with superb concentration.

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Winery: Norton

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The name "Privada" refers to the Langes-Swarovski family's private reserve, originally enjoyed with only closest friends.

Privada is selected from vines between 50 and 90 years old, growing in vineyards at up to 1100 metres above sea level in Lujan de Cuyo. Grapes are hand picked and selected into 20kg baskets.

The must was given five days’ cold maceration at 8-10ºC, then fermented with selected yeasts for seven days at 28ºC. The wine spent 25-30 days on skins before racking to French oak barrels (twenty percent new wood) for sixteen months’ ageing. It spent a further year in bottle before release.

“Concentrated dark fruit and chocolate mousse flavors are framed by firm tannins and acidity in this inky, muscular style. Sanguine notes fill the finish, complemented by plenty of dried beef and savory accents.” – 91 points, Wine Spectator, October 2019

 
Data sheet
Vintage 2017/18
Alcoholic strength 14.5%
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Subregion Luján de Cuyo
Grapes Malbec 40%, Merlot 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%
Body E
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Organic No
Biodynamic No
Closure Cork
 
Norton

In 1885, the Buenos Aires to Mendoza railway opened, cementing the significance of this emerging wine-growing region high in the Andean foothills. Ten years later, Edmund Norton planted the first vines in Mendoza’s Luján de Cuyo district. At 900-1100 metres, the altitude moderates the temperature, causing an extended ripening season, and also expose the vines to more ultraviolet light, which encourages the development of colour and tannin in the black-skinned varieties. The result is whites packed with vibrant flavour and good natural acidity, and well-structured, food-friendly reds.

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