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Vineyards and wineries Mendel arises from the union of Roberto de la Mota, one of the most respected and experienced Argentine winemakers, with an Argentine family committed to obtaining wines of the highest quality. Our search is to express the unique character of our vineyards and the incomparable attributes of the Mendoza terroir.
Roberto likes to joke that he was born in a winery, since his oenological education and training began long before he studied at the National University of Cuyo. He took his first steps under the guidance of his father, the most famous Argentine winemaker, Don Raúl de la Mota.
After completing his studies in Montpellier, France, and managing one of the most important wineries in the country, Roberto was able to fulfill the dream of his own winery since 2002 with Mendel Wines.
The weather is desert and continental with well marked seasons throughout the year. The scarce rains, less than 200 mm per year, make it necessary to irrigate. It is there where the viticulture of the region is especially unique: The traditional irrigation, formerly carried out by local indigenous people, and now in the hands of artisan vine growers, allow the phylloxera to be controlled with free-standing vineyards and achieve adequate vigor; as well as the desired level of performance and concentration.
Our old 1928 Malbec vineyards and Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards are located in Perdriel and Mayor Drummond, Luján de Cuyo.
We also have Cabernet Franc, Semillon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon in our Finca Remota vineyards located in Paraje Altamira, Valle de Uco. Our vineyards are located between 900 and 1,150 meters above sea level, in the best and highest irrigated lands of Luján de Cuyo and Valle de Uco, Mendoza.
The soils are of alluvial origin formed with materials from the Andes Mountains. Very stony, of great permeability, with little content of nitrogen and organic matter, rich in potassium; They are soils that give rise to vineyards of low to medium vigor but that allow reaching high levels of concentration and intensity in their grapes.
It is placed in Mayor Drummond, Lujan de Cuyo at 950 masl. It has a loamy sand soil and calcareous of alluvial origin, with good drainage. The climate es cold in winter and temperate in summer, with a thermal amplitude of 15°C between day and night, which allows to get a full ripeness. The averageannual rainfall is 200 mm. Four plots are irrigated by a drip irrigation system and the rest of the vineyard by surface irrigation. There are 11 has. of an old masal selection of Mabec planted in 1928, 2 has. of Petit Verdot ( both varieties trained in a Vertical Shoot Position Trellis system), and there is a small pergola of Temparnillo.
It is located in Perdriel, Luján de Cuyo, at 1.050 masl. It has a loam-silty-clay soil with the presence of stones that favor drainage. It has an alluvial origin.
The climate is cold in winter with occasional snowfalls, and temperate in summer but with cold nights. The average anual rainfall is 230 mm. The vineyard has four hectares of Malbec, and two hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon trained in a Vertical Shoot Position Trellis system.
It is located in Altamira, Uco Valley at 1.040 masl. It has a sandy-loam and stony soil, very loose of alluvial origin. The climate is cold in Winter with occational snowfalls, and temperate in summer with cold nights. There is a great daily thermal amplitud. The average anual rainfall is 170 mm. The vineyard is divided into two parts, the smallest and oldest part, where our “Mendel Semillon” and “Malbec Finca Remota” are grown, was planted in 1947. It has a Surface irrigation system and it is trained in a Vertical Shoot Position System Trellis with yields lower tan 40 qq per hectare. The rest of the vineyard receives a modern management with mid-height trellises and drip irrigation system. There are 8 has.of Malbec, 3 has.of Cabernet Sauvignon, 2 has. of Semillon, 2 has of Cabernet Franc, and 2 has of Petit Verdot.
Finca Remota is a 100% Malbec made with grapes from a small plot in Altamira, Uco Valley, at 1,100 meters above sea level. These particular conditions give us an aromatic profile in which fresh fruits and floral notes, such as violets, are dominant. On the palate, due to a very low yield from old vines, good concentration and structure are achieved, with round and elegant tannins. Undoubtedly one of the main characteristics of this wine is its fruit intensity and complexity without the dominance of its aging, even when it remained in new barrels for a long time. Only one explanation is possible: the unequaled quality of the terroir and our old vines give rise to a wine from another dimension.
MENDEL FINCA REMOTA 2018 / MENDEL FINCA REMOTA 2017
MENDEL FINCA REMOTA 2016 / MENDEL FINCA REMOTA 2015
MENDEL FINCA REMOTA 2014 / MENDEL FINCA REMOTA 2013
MENDEL FINCA REMOTA 2012 / MENDEL FINCA REMOTA 2011
MENDEL FINCA REMOTA 2010 / MENDEL FINCA REMOTA 2009
MENDEL FINCA REMOTA 2008
MENDEL FINCA REMOTA 2007 / MENDEL FINCA REMOTA 2006
Mendel Unus is the perfect combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. The Cabernet Sauvignon, with its well-present and ripe tannins, is part of the wine's structure, and the Malbec contributes by giving it complexity, unctuosity, and body. The resulting wine is very complex, intense, full-bodied, but especially elegant and balanced.
Mendel Malbec is the maximum expression of this variety in our terroir. This perfectly adapted grape varietal to this climate and soil shows its typical aromas of ripe fruits like plums, raisins, and violets. On the palate, its body, unctuousness, and weight are the most outstanding characteristics.
Mendel Cabernet Sauvignon is presented as a very intense and complex wine in which ripe plums, black cherries, raspberries, black cherries, fresher floral notes, and those coming from its oak aging come together in balance. It is an elegant and harmonious wine in which its acidity gives it freshness and persistence, ensuring excellent and long cellaring potential.
MENDEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2019
MENDEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2018
MENDEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
MENDEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
MENDEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
MENDEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
MENDEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013
MENDEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012
MENDEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2011
Mendel Cabernet Franc is made with grapes from our vineyard located in Paraje Altamira, Valle de Uco. This varietal has fruity aromas such as raspberries, cherries, and a spicy side, typical of the grape varietal, which provides freshness and complexity. Its tannins are firm and ripe with a silky texture and great elegance. Mendel Cabernet Franc is an example of what this variety can give in the unique terroir of Paraje Altamira.
Mendel Rosadia is the first rosé wine made by Roberto de la Mota in Mendel. Vinified with grapes from our vineyard in Paraje Altamira, it delivers intense aromas reminiscent of white peach, pineapple, and citrus fruits. On the palate, it is a fresh, fruity wine with a delicate and smooth mid-palate, which makes it very easy to drink and enjoy.
PINOT NOIR - CABERNET FRANC - MERLOT.
Mendel Semillon is the maximum expression of this old white grapevine in a still wine. It presents marked varietal notes such as white flowers and honey, as well as some herbaceous and tropical fruit notes that give it complexity. Its passage through oak provides it with scents of coconut, soft smokes, and great volume and smoothness in the mouth. It is a complex, elegant, and very pleasant wine to drink.
MENDEL SEMILLON 2019
MENDEL SEMILLON 2018
MENDEL SEMILLON 2017
MENDEL SEMILLON 2016
MENDEL SEMILLON 2015
MENDEL SEMILLON 2014
MENDEL SEMILLON 2013
MENDEL SEMILLON 2012
MENDEL SEMILLON 2011
MENDEL SEMILLON 2010
MENDEL SEMILLON 2009
Lunta comes from our vineyards located in an exceptional terroir of Luján de Cuyo with a view of the Sierras de Lunlunta. This Malbec, planted in 1928, is managed embracing the same philosophy as in the plots destined for Mendel wines by them. During the aging in barrels, we select very fruity wines, lighter in body and structure, looking for a very friendly, fresh, and easy-drinking drink wine but at the same time with great volume and round tannins.
MENDEL LUNTA MALBEC 2018
MENDEL LUNTA MALBEC 2017
MENDEL LUNTA MALBEC 2016
MENDEL LUNTA MALBEC 2015
MENDEL LUNTA MALBEC 2014
MENDEL LUNTA MALBEC 2013
MENDEL LUNTA MALBEC 2012
MENDEL LUNTA MALBEC 2011
MENDEL LUNTA MALBEC 2010
MENDEL LUNTA MALBEC 2009
Lunta Torrontés comes from high altitude vineyards located in the Cafayate Valley. Harvested by hand and vinified at its place of origin to preserve the elegance and potential of this native grape variety, seeking the fresh notes of this aromatic varietal.