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Rated 92 Points by James Suckling
Attractive cassis and blueberry aromas here with a swathe of crushed violet flowers. The palate has a very supple and smooth core of fresh red plums that offer a fleshy and smooth ride to the finish. Drink or hold.
Rated 90 Points by Tim Atkin
Achával Ferrer’s “entry-point” Malbec is a pan-Mendoza blend from six sub-regions: Agrelo, Gualtallary, Los Chacayes, Medrano, Paraje Altamira and Perdriel. It’s always a delight to drink with nuanced oak, glossy tannins and ample blackberry and violet notes.
Achaval-Ferrer Malbec Mendoza 2018
This wine completes Achaval-Ferrer’s exploration of Malbec. Through other wines we’ve expressed Malbec as a terroir driven wine and as a key building block of a complex blend. This Mendoza Appellation Malbec expresses the pure typicity of the variety. Low Yields, careful vineyard management and low intervention winemaking are the hallmark of this and all other Achaval-Ferrer Wines.
Malbec Mendoza is an inevitable reflection of the variety that is emblematic to our country, the mountainous ranges of the Andes and the sun. Composed of various vineyards, located in the major geographic references that the Cuyana province offers, this young wine, potent and velvety wine, expresses pleasure, smooth and soft, combining land and flavors in one clear strong message. This wine explains Malbec as well as Mendoza in one universal language.
Winemaker: Gustavo Rearte
Varietal Composition: 100% Malbec
Sustainably Farmed: Highly Sustainable
Harvest Date: Last week of March and first week of April 2018
Vinification & Winemaking Process
Aerated pump-overs with soft sprinkling of the cap, followed by pressing at the end of and up to 4 days after fermentation as determined by daily tasting results. No filtering. Cold soaks, acid correction, bleed-offs and addition of enzymes were not used during vinification.
Fermented in cement tanks at a maximum temperature up to 93-95oF with extensive pumping over for better extraction.
Malolactic Fermentation: 100% spontaneous in oak barrels.
Oak & Ageing: Aged 9 months in 2-year old French oak barrels produced by Boutes and Mercury.
Guardians of a Legacy
We protect our vineyard; we respect our land.
Because we’ll never know more than vines,
but it’s thanks to them that we’ll make better wines each time.
In days when the old was quickly replaced by the new, Achaval Ferrer decided to preserve the legacy of time. Today, the legacy is still treasured. Keeping the DNA of centennial vines intact and combining wisdom with passion, we create wines that express the magic of the exceptional terroir they come from. That’s what we do, because no one is more experienced than time or wiser than nature.
Respect for the terroir and minimum intervention
Since its origins, the winery has followed a clear pathway traced by commitment with and respect for nature. Achaval Ferrer bases its winemaking on fundamental pillars and a minimal intervention principle from the vine to the wine.
Ours are centennial, own-rooted vines, extremely low in yield; they’re historical monuments to viticulture located on sun-drenched mountainsides irrigated by rivers Tunuyán and Mendoza. These are natural, privileged sites carefully treated to obtain the purest and most honest messages our soils can convey.
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