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Grape Varieties100% Malbec
AppellationValle de Uco
- 89 Points
BackgroundSince its debut vintage ten years ago, Bodegas Salentein has forged an enviable reputation worldwide for producing award-winning, premium quality wines. The estate's winemaking team, led by the legendary José Galante, is one of the most revered in Argentina. Together, they strive to combine artistry, creativity and passion to craft wines that capture the finest terroirs of the Uco Valley in the famed Mendoza region. Killka is the latest creation from this very progressive winery and is produced using grapes cultivated on Salentein's high-altitude vineyards in the Andes. It is named in honor of the Killka Gallery, the estates world-renowned and award-winning center for the arts, culture and gastronomy, which receives 20,000 visitors a year. One of the paintings from the gallery's permanent collection, El Sillon Azul, or The Blue Chair, by Argentinean artist Alonso Carlos (1929), is featured on the label. Killka is produced just steps away from the gallery in a uniquely cross-shape structure, which like all the buildings on this near 5000-acre private estate, was built by regional craftsmen, using local materials and incorporating indigenous architectural features.
VinificationGrapes are hand-harvested from select plots. 15 days of cold maceration is followed by 7 - 10 days of fermentation in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts and then 5 days of post-fermentation maceration.
ColorRuby red with tints of violet
NoseRich in fruit, reminiscent of black cherries, dark fruit and flowers.
PalateA rich composition of blackberries, plums, and violets. Balanced structure with soft tannins, ripe black fruit and a velvety
AnalysisAlcohol: 14.5 %pH: 3.70RS: 1.80 g/lTA: 4.65 g/l
Serving SuggestionsAn ideal match for roasted and grilled meats, charcuterie, duck and pâtés