Wapisa from Vino Del SolLive Item
Description of the Item:
Receive 1 bottle 2019 Wapisa Malbec Underwater Project wine.
Popular science states that 3 years of aging in a cellar are equivalent to 1 year under water. We decided this was something we wanted to test ourselves, so in 2019 we launched a research project just off the coast of the province of Rio Negro, in the south Atlantic Ocean.
In cooperation with the Comahue University in Patagonia we started to analyze the effect of temperature, light, pressure and sea movements at different depths and its impact in wine aging and evolution.
The first step was making sure that no cross contamination took place. We worked with the local environmental agency to make sure that we were respectful of the underwater ecosystem and protected the wine by using stainless steel cages and special wax closures for the corks. Furthermore, as part of our growing appreciation for the wildlife and the ecosystem of this region, we have started working with the California Coastal Alliance on research projects relating to the whales in the south Atlantic Ocean.
In August 2020 we hosted a tasting of the first bottles of Wapisa Malbec (2017) with our technical team. The evolution of the wine surpassed our expectations: after 8 months under the sea the wine expressed a higher complexity in aromas and taste, with a remarkable fruit expression when compared to the sister wines that we aged in our cellars. We encountered a delicious and mature wine, with a much longer aftertaste.
The difference was remarkable and the project a success.
This wine is not for sale in the US, which makes it priceless in the United States.