2011 Achával Ferrer Malbec Mendoza
Very pure, with a beam of raspberry coulis, blackberry and cherry pulp notes that pump out layers of spice, flint and wildflowers. Juicy yet structured, with a mineral edge to the long, savory finish. Drink now through 2015.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Malbec is sourced from Perdriel, Uco and Medrano from vines located at around 900m altitude. The wine is fermented in cement tanks and raised in third use French barrel for 11 months. The nose demands a little coaxing from the glass, but eventually reveals a crisp, pointed nose of black fruit laced with bell pepper that is well-defined, awakening with each swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a taut, crisp entry. The tannins are bold and ripe, although it needs a little more weight of fruit towards the back end, a little more 'girth.' Still, this is a well-crafted, accomplished, entry-level Malbec - a perfect introduction to the genre. Drink now-2017.
This 2011 flagship bottling of Mendoza Malbec spent nine months in French oak and is now on our shores. Remember, grapes are harvested in March/April in the southern hemisphere, rather than September/October up here, so the vintage has aged for an "extra" six months, so to speak. This wine is sourced from three different Mendoza vineyards, one of which is planted with 66-year-old vines, another planted with 86-year-old vines.