Aruma

Mendoza

ARUMA is a pure Malbec made from a blend of grapes from the best terroirs in the Mendoza region. 
“ARUMA” means “night” in the language of the Quechua, the native Indian population of the Mendoza region. The name suggests the deep darkness of the nights in the Andes and the very pure mountain air: the wines have the same rich, authentic character as their terroir.

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Aruma Mendoza

Vintages

  • Vintage 2014

    • 100% Malbec

    Grapes are picked in two production zones.

    First Zone: the cycle began with a late budding due to low temperatures during the third week of September. In early November, when the Malbec was in full bloom, a very hot dry wind called the Zonda caused some dehydration of the flower organs and abortions of newly set fruit. January 2014 was characterized by high average temperatures for several days (1°C above average). This, combined with the lack of rain during January, caused a water deficit before veraison, reducing the final size of the berries in the bunches. During February 2014 the heaviest rains for the last 12 years were recorded (172 mm). At this point, we became concerned about the quality of the crop. Fortunately, the weather conditions were good during March. Despite these weather fluctuations, we obtained a very good harvest in terms of quality, but not quantity, with decreases in production of up to 18% in some cases.

    Uco Valley: The month of January was extremely dry (only 9 mm of rain) and mostly warm (1°C above average). There was a lot of rain during February (123 mm) and temperatures were lower than usual (2°C below the historical average). Fortunately, the weather during March and April was very good, but still wetter than normal. During the last two weeks of April, there were 3 days with temperatures slightly below 0°C, but luckily no damage was reported to the grapes. Overall, yields were about 15% lower than the harvest in 2013.

    TASTING NOTES (AT BOTTLING)

    Deep red color with hints of violet. The nose presents notes of ripe red fruit, with plums and floral notes. On the palate, this is a balanced wine, with good concentration and the soft round tannins typical of Malbec. Long, delicate finish.

  • Vintage 2013

    • 100% Malbec

    ARUMA is a pure Malbec made from a blend of grapes from the best terroirs in the Mendoza region. Grapes grown in 2 valleys: First Zone and Uco Valley.

    Uco Valley region: The region experienced a normal to dry season, with 38 mm less rain than the average (255 mm vs. 293 mm). Winter and spring were wetter than usual, and the end of season very dry, with no rains during February and March. Temperatures were within the normal range. The vintage was outstanding for Malbec, with excellent budbreaks and fruit sets.

    First Zone: In Agrelo and Las Compuertas regions the vintage is excellent for Malbec. The season has been characterized by average rain: December and February were dry with almost no rain and January was very wet with 87 mm of rain. Temperature was warm in Spring, followed by a cool January and a warm February. The thermal amplitude was similar to 2012, which helped obtaining very concentrated grapes with intense colours.

    TASTING NOTES (AT BOTTLING):

    Deep red color with hints of purple.
    The nose expresses notes of red fruit, plums, strawberries and violets.  Intense palate with silky, well-rounded tannins. Long, delicate finish.

  • Vintage 2012

    • 100% Malbec

    Average temperatures at the beginning of the growth cycle in September and October 2011 were 20°C, and with a little rain provided optimal conditions for the bud break and setting of the fruit. Higher than usual rainfall in December slightly delayed the start of the ripening period.
    By January 2012, temperatures had increased and there was a sharp contrast between the heat during the day and the historically cool nights. We recorded temperature differences of up to 15°C. These conditions enabled us to obtain fruit with an excellent aromatic range, and a high sugar content combined with the right degree of acidity. The end of the growth cycle saw the high temperatures persisting during the day and no rain. We were therefore able to obtain beautiful, fully ripened grapes, with superb concentration and intense colours.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Deep red colour with hints of purple. The nose expresses notes of red fruit, plums, strawberries and violets combined with a subtle hint of vanilla. Intense palate with silky, well-rounded tannins. Long, delicate finish.
    Good concentration and pleasant structure.

  • Vintage 2011

    • 100% Malbec

    The winter was very dry in 2010 and the spring started with clement, dry conditions until November 9th, when a hard frost struck the region. Fortunately, the damage was limited to some exposed spots. December and January were hot with not much rainfall. The rain arrived in March and cooled down the vineyards. In fact temperatures during March and April were lower than usual and very little rain was recorded. That was good for the ripeness of the Malbec which was harvested with a relatively high aromatic intensity and good balance between acidity, maturity of the tannins and sweetness.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Explosive nose of red fruit, strawberries, raspberries, and plums, hints of violet and liquorice. Very subtle vanilla and chocolate round off the bouquet. Rounded and supple on the palate, with very nice concentration. Can be drunk now or kept for several years.

  • Vintage 2010

    • 100% Malbec

    Weather conditions were stable during the whole season (in terms of temperatures, wind and rain). No major incident was reported in our vineyard.
    Spring was cool and dry, providing excellent conditions for ripening the Malbec. From the start of ripening (end of January) until mid-March, the weather was also very stable and warm. After mid-March, temperatures dropped a little and were lower than average, but fortunately without any frost. Generally, these conditions allowed us to wait until the grapes fully ripened. We obtained beautiful intense Malbec, characterized by notes of red fruit that were a more floral and elegant than usual.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Very deep purple colour. Intense nose of ripe red fruit with strawberries, raspberries and violet. Subtle vanilla and chocolate notes round off the bouquet. This wine can be drunk now or kept for several years.