Sunday, February 3, 2019

Achavel-Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec

Achavel-Ferrer was my favorite winery when I visited the Mendoza region of Argentina in 2014. It was managed by a very talented Italian winemaker. However, the winery was bought by Russian interests, and he has moved to a new winery. I am going to be in Mendoza again in 10 days and will visit both wineries and report my impressions then. To get in the mood, I drank a bottle of one of Achavel-Ferrer's premium single vineyard wines last night.
The 2011 Achavel-Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec comes from the Uco Valley, and a vineyard planted at over 1000m elevation. The colour is purple indicating small berries and thick skins, both not common in Malbec grown at sea-level.

The flavours are blackcurrent and elderberry. This is a concentrated and full-bodied wine with a big mouthfeel, but it is balanced, and the acidity (from cool nights in the vineyard) keeps the wine fresh. This wine is perhaps a bit dense, but of high quality. The integration of new french oak has been done well. An Argentinian or Australian steak would be the perfect pairing.

Score: 94/++  

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