Single Block 4 Malbec, Pedernal Valley

Single Block 4 Malbec

  • Pedernal Valley, 
  • Mendoza, 
  • argentina

Latest Awards

  • 92 points Wine Enthusiast , December 2018
  • 92 points James Suckling , April 2018

Pyros Wines is a terroir-driven project created with the aim of positioning the Pedernal Valley at the top of Argentinean viticulture, through its distinctive soils and high altitudes. The diverse terroir and natural beauty were inspirations to Mijndert Pon, the founder of Bodegas Salentein and Bodegas Callia. His vision to showcase the exceptional fruit grown in the Pedernal Valley led to the creation of the region’s first wine brand, Pyros. Globally, the winery is leading the promotion of this singular valley with its experimental and micro vinification plantings, distinctive soils, and high altitudes. Their goal is to position the Pedernal at the top of Argentinean viticulture. Propelling these efforts is Pyros winemaker, Paula González, who is leading the experimental and research efforts at the winery.


The Pedernal Valley has extremely high altitudes, with an average 4,600ft a.s.l. and is bordered by the “Cordillera Oriental” mountain range and the Andes. The cool, desert climate and high altitudes result in hugely varied temperature ranges, ensuring thick skin development and a prolonged ripening period. This 100% Malbec represents the most unusual, elegant, and expressive example of a high-altitude Malbec from Pedernal Valley. It is made with grapes exclusively grown on Block No. 4 of Pyros’ Firestone estate.

Winemaking & Aging

Hand harvested in the first of April, usually during the night or at sunrise to avoid oxidation and to preserve primary aromas. 95% of the grapes are destemmed and pre-fermented at a cool 50ºF immediately upon arrival at the winery and left for 72 hours. Fermentation follows for 12 days with both inoculated and native yeasts, followed by post-fermentation maceration for 10 days. Aged in 1, 2 and 3-year-old French and American oak barrels, with 10% aging in stainless steel for 12 months. Aged for an addition 12 months in bottle.

Tasting Notes

Notes of wildflowers, black fruits, and blueberries with nicely integrated oak. It is deep and rich, with flavors of black berries, cherries, spice, and minerals. This is a powerful but balanced wine, with firm tannins and beautiful complexity.


Plenty of sweet plum fruit, but also quite a bit of charcoal from oak on the nose. Impressive tannic structure and good acidity at the long, fresh finish. A bold malbec. Drink or hold. - J.S.

James Suckling - April 2018


Salentein's new San Juan project is one to watch. This sunbaked Malbec is a touch desiccated on the nose, with ultraripe aromas of blackberry, prune, raisin and marzipan. A pure and layered palate is structured and not baked out. Toasty, blackened cassis and berry flavors reign, while this is chocolaty and tastes of wild berry fruits on the finish. Drink through 2020. – M.S.

Wine Enthusiast - December 2018


Pedernal Valley

grape varieties

100% Malbec



technical details
  • ABV: 14%
  • Closure: Cork

Paula González


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