“Achaval Ferrer sits at the summit of Argentina wine producers” to quote Jay Miller, Robert Parker’ s right hand man. A group of friends from Argentina and Italy. Santiago Achaval Becu and Manuel Ferrer joined forces in 1998 with Italian winemakers Roberto Cipresso and Tiziano Siviero to explore the terroirs and old vineyards of Mendoza. Starting at Finca Altamira, a 100 year old vineyard about one hour’ s drive to the south in the Uco Valley at La Consulta, the 102 year old vines of Finca Bella Vista at Perdriel were added in 2002. Malbec is of course the star here and Archaval Ferrer’ s wines are all about finesse and balance not the big tannic styles widely seen. Their hallmark is their silky mouthfeel and seamless palate. Old vines produce miniscule yields of intense, perfumed, complex fruit balanced with the use of french oak ( 9 mths in 2 year old barrels)
Take Jay Miller’s advice … the best way to discover the pleasures of Achaval Ferrer are through the entry level Malbec, sourced from the 3 vineyards. This is the benchmark regional expression of Mendoza Malbec.. dark fruit and spice, mouthfilling,elegant and long.
2018 was an exceptional growing season and back to classic vintage… pristine ripe balanced fruit the result.