When our winemakers sought out to make a Malbec reminiscent of our bold Zinfandel style, they had to travel to the gnarliest Malbec region on earth – Mendoza, Argentina. It’s here under the snow-capped Andes Mountains where they found grapes capable of making a big, juicy, full-bodied Malbec worthy of the name Gnarly Head. Gnarly Head Malbec is grown in vineyards planted on the eastern foothills of the Andes; some of the highest vineyards in the world! These vineyards are truly gnarly, as is the fruit they produce – bold and concentrated. Our Malbec is loaded with dark berry fruit aromas and flavors of blueberry and blackberry jam. Try with grilled meats, pizza with red sauce and carne asada.
Mendoza is Malbec country. At Gnarly Head, we source from vineyards in the Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu, and Rivadavia growing regions where Malbec thrives. These regions sit at high altitudes with sandy, well-draining soils that cause the Malbec vines to send their roots deep into the earth and ultimately produce bold red wines with concentrated black fruit character.
Grapes were carefully harvested, often by hand, during the cool early morning hours. Once at the winery, they were cold soaked for several days to maximize the extraction of color and flavor. After primary fermentation, some of the wine was sent to age in oak, some in stainless steel – a technique which adds body and tannin without overshadowing the fruit. After six months of aging, the wine was blended and bottled.