Mundus Bacillus is named for the “elegant bacteria” that live in the soil of Adrianna Vineyard and seem to protect the vine’s roots in their extreme home. Located at almost 5,000 feet in the Andes, wild temperatures make for some seriously intense fruit. This boasts a big, savory bouquet of sweet, dark fruit, flowers and spices. On the palate, the sweetness of the fruit is kept in balance by savory, mineral tones and a firm, chalky structure.
The 2016 Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae is from a cold and rainy El Niño vintage that broke the mold of typical Mendoza weather. The grapes were picked a bit later and achieved a slow, perfect ripening while retaining very good freshness. They used 50% full clusters in this cooler year. The wine was pressed before it finished fermenting (in concrete), and the juice—without skins, pips or stems—finished fermenting like a white in the foudre. When I tasted the wines after bottling, this felt a bit dizzy, with the aromatics coming and going, sometimes showing a little open. But the wine settled in bottle, and the palate shows the core of acidity that lifts the wine and provides incredible freshness; the tannins are ultra refined, and there is great overall balance.