Winemaker: Mauricio Lorca
Sub Region: Uco Valley
How Many Wines Does He Make? – 20+
What Are They? – A huge selection of reds, whites, rosés and a few sparkling wines. Malbec is his speciality, but he also makes Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Bonarda, Criolla, Chardonnay, Torrontes, Pedro Blanco and even a sparkling Malbec!
Who is Mauricio Lorca? – Originally planning to become a doctor, he was well on his way to medical school before he went to a talk by some viticulturists and the rest, as they say, is history!
Does He Own His Vines? – Yes, Mauricio and his team manage over 370 acres of vines across three distinct regions, Los Inicios, Los Altepes and Los Barrancos. One of the unique aspects of growing vines in this part of Argentina is how high up the vineyards are. Mauricio’s prime grape-growing areas are 1,000-1,500m above sea level.
Why is this important? – Well, when you’re that high up it’s much sunnier BUT also cooler. So, the grapes get a lot of sunshine to help them develop those lovely flavours, but the cooler climate slows down the ripening process. The grapes slowly ripen over a longer period of time than if it was sunny AND hot. This gives them time to mature on the vine, this is referred to as ‘Hang Time’ and wines with a longer ‘Hang Time’ are more complex and intense than those that ripen quickly.
Try and think of it like slow roasting vs flash frying. A slow roasted joint is cooked for longer, but at a lower temperature and you tend to get so much more flavour than by just popping it in the pan for a few minutes, the same is true for grapes!
Mauricio is obsessed with the sustainability of the land too. After-all, he is a farmer at heart that relies on the land to grow his crop. They use a ‘drip irrigation’ system to water their vines. This is an expensive and laborious process to install which involves manually running a hose along each and every vine that slowly drips the water into the roots when needed. It is, however, much more effective at delivering the water supply to where it needs to be, about 95% effective compared to traditional ‘flood’ systems that are only 40% effective. Plus, most of the water comes from snow that has melted off of the Andes mountains!
Mauricio is also conscious about the export of his wines and the impact on the wider global environment, that’s why the bottles he uses are lighter, thinner and slightly smaller than regular wine bottles so reduce CO2 emissions during transportation!
Have a look below to see Mauricio introduce his Lorca Fantasia Malbec & Torrontes…