"Time is the measure of excellence; and is expressed in this exemplary wine made from the vines with the most history in Patagonia."
Exclusive wines of Patagonia for over 100 years
Since 1909, Humberto Canale has actively promoted the quality of Patagonian wine across the world. They have become the standard bearers for Patagonian viticulture, winning international acclaim for their wines.
In the Province of Río Negro at the 39th Southern parallel, Alto Valle is the largest wine producing area in Patagonia. Blessed with ideal natural conditions for grape vines, for over a century this oasis has been producing high quality wines thanks to the vision of the engineer Humberto Canale, the founding father of the wine industry in Patagonia.
Today, eleven decades and five generations later, Humberto Canale is still family-run and continues to build on his legacy with each of their wines. Their estate spans 1,108 hectares of vineyards spread out across 100 miles, accounting for 32% of all the vines in Patagonia. These crops are watered with ice-melt that flows into the Río Negro and Neuquén rivers.
Because of its location (39° South at an altitude of between 600 and 850 feet above sea level), Alto Valle has a desert climate ranging from cool to temperate. This latitude ensures an average annual temperature of 15°C, with lows of between 10 and 12°C and highs of between 26 and 32°C during the ripening cycle (January to March). On the Winkler scale, the Alto Valle falls mostly in category 3 but some areas are in category 4. During the ripening period the daily thermal range is between 18°C and 20°C on average, also a result of the southerly latitude, which is a key factor in achieving a natural balance of acids and phenolic compounds in the grapes. The cool nights help to bring balance during the harvest months.
The most certified winery in Argentina
Humberto Canale has been committed to protecting the environment from the very beginning. The founder himself laid down guidelines for cultivating crops in the Alto Valle that ensured that conscientious use was made of the available water supply.
Over the last century the descendants of Humberto Canale have acted as guardians of the natural heritage of Alto Valle.
All that effort and commitment has been consolidated over the past two decades by the attainment of demanding international certification affirming good agricultural, crop management and production practices, in addition to more specialized certificates of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. The process began in 2001 with the receipt of the first Global GAP certification and they have maintained those standards ever since in their vineyards and crops, making Humberto Canale the most certified wine producer in Argentina.
Red Blend Cabernet-Malbec 2019
Limited Edition: 7.318 bottles
Blend: 60%Malbec – 40%Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Own vineyards in General Roca, Alto Valle de Río Negro, Patagonia.
Harvest: Malbec: first week of April, Cab. Sauvignon: last mid April. The berries are carefully handpicked in small containers and delivered to the winery, 1 kilometer away from the vineyard.
Yield: 7.000 to 8.000 Kgs. Per Ha
Crafting: Cold maceration for 48-72 hours, alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperature (25o to 27o C) in cement vessels of 9.000 Lts capacity for a period of 15 days with periodic ups and delestage. Malolactic fermentation and subsequent ageing in French oak barrels and central European for a period of 12 months before being bottled. Bottled aged for 6 months prior to market.
Ageing Potential: 10 years in optimal temperature and humidity conditions.
Tasting notes: Magnificent blend of great complexity and elegance. Intense red color with violet hues. On the nose ripe red fruits are highlighted in combination with the notes of vanilla and coconut provided by its passage through oak barrels.
The mouth is presented with great volume and balance with notes of fine fruit jams, highly complex and structured wine, with persistent finish.
Pairing: Ideal to accompany any meat, chicken, duck and any kind of pasta.
Suggested Serving temperature: 16° a 18° C.