Extreme Altitude Wine Portfolio

Extreme Altitude Malbec

“While I love all our wines, SUNAL ICONO will always be special to me, because it was first and took an almost impossible amount of effort to bring into the world.”    Agustín Lanús

SUNAL ICONO Extreme Altitude Wine is a 100% Malbec made from grapes grown in micro-terroirs in Argentina’s Calchaqui Valley.

The vineyards are located between 2,100 meters and 2,728 meters above sea-level, making them among the highest in the world.

Why is altitude so important to the quality of a wine? Simply, it is because all of the color, flavors and complexity of a wine comes from the skin of the grape. As grapes grown at extreme altitudes (over 2,200 masl) are subjected to intense UV radiation and wide swings between day and night time temperatures, they develop very thick skins which, in turn, give these wines their special qualities. 

Winemaking: 100% native yeast, long maceration of more than 30 days, natural malolactic fermentation, bottled unfined and unfiltered. Aged in mix of old and new French oak with one year in old barrels and the second year in new barrels.

Tasting Notes: The ultra-premium SUNAL ICONO is made from grapes grown in small vineyards at the very limits of where grapes can be grown. The length of time required for grapes to mature at such extreme altitudes results in very low yields and produces an incredibly complex and full-bodied wine. The color is a rich purple, with the nose dominated by balsamic notes and black fruits with floral scents and a long finish. These are very small vintages you won’t want to miss. 

Dom: Calchaqui Valley, Argentina
Alc: 14.9% by Vol

Production: Total production for the 2015 vintage of just 3,000 bottles now available.

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Extreme Altitude Malbec

“Aguayo is the result of a collaboration with my mentor and friend Stefano Gandolini, one of Chile’s leading winemakers and the person who ignited my passion for making extreme altitude wine. Therefore, in addition to being a great Malbec, it’s an expression of friendship.” Agustin Lanus

Stefano Gandolini is widely acknowledged as one of Chile’s leading winemakers. His Gandolini Las 3 Marias Vineyards Cabernet Sauvigon was elected the best Chilean wine by Guia Descorchados, the leading South American wine guide.

For over a decade he and Agustín Lanús have been close friends, with Stefano acting as a trusted mentor to his younger Argentine counterpart. In 2012, Agustin flew to Chile to interview to work at a winery there and met Stefano who urged him to pursue his passion for extreme altitude micro-terroirs.

Shortly thereafter, during a trip to Agustin’s adopted home town of Cafayate, the two decided to collaborate on on producing a special Malbec that brings together Agustin’s deep knowledge of the micro-terroirs of the region with Stefano’s long-experience in wine making. 

The result is an elegant, yet robust limited production Malbec that is a joy to the palate.

Winemaking: The 2013 Vintage is made from grapes grown in a very small two-hectare vineyard located at 2,100 feet above sea level in the Hualfin Valley, Catamarca province. 

The wine is fermented in a stainless-steel tank with 7 days of pre-fermentation at 10°C, then inoculated with selected yeast. Malolactic fermentation is done naturally in used barrels of 2008, aged two years before being aged one year in bottle. Unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Notes: Aguayo is an elegant example of an extreme altitude wine, complex and fresh from the natural acidity found in carefully sourced extreme altitude vineyards located in Hualfin, Catamarca province, Argentina. An old world style wine with a long finish in the mouth from two years in French barrels, Aguayo evokes a sense of dried cherries and black currants, with rose mosqueta floral notes and a soft mint finish.

Production: 2013 Vintage: limited availability of just 3,800 bottles remaining.

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2018 Wine of the Year Wine Strategist

Since it's debut in May of 2018, the 2016 vintage of Ilógico, the latest extreme altitude Malbec from Agustin Lanus Wines has won first place in a number of important blind tastings, as well as being named "2018 Wine of the Year" by Mariano Brago, WineStrategist, twice named by The International Wines & Spirit Competition as being among the world's most influential wine communicators. 

Ilógico is crafted using a combination of traditional and modern wine making techniques to create a rich and very drinkable extreme altitude Malbec at a price everyone will love! 

Winemaking: Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts, 25 days of maceration, natural malolactic fermentation. Aged 50% in neutral barrels, and concrete eggs for 15 months. 

Tasting Notes: Very intense dark violet color, aromas of black olives, rose hips, thyme, black fruits and a delicate finish of cedar and oak. The tannins are muscular but very well integrated with a natural acidity that gives freshness and elegance.

Dom: Calchaqui Valley, Argentina
Alc: 14.9% by Vol

Note: The 2016 Vintage is now SOLD OUT, but the 2017 Vintage is now available!

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