2015 Achával Ferrer Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1310935 92 points James Suckling

 A soft and fruity wine with lots of berries, hints of lemon rind and walnut character. Medium to full body and a juicy finish.  (6/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Malbec is very floral and bright mixing grapes from different zones in Mendoza, showcasing the grape in the province. The palate is very elegant, soft, with a fresh note that they tell me might come from some 5% Merlot from Tupungato that is used in the blend. Super! (JG) 91+  (12/2016)

90 points Vinous

 (14.5% alcohol; a blend of terroirs): Bright ruby-red. Musky, lightly meaty scents of blackberry, blueberry, mocha and spices; still shows a touch of reduction. Plush, very ripe and chocolatey, with dominant flavors of dark berries, plum, graphite, menthol and spicy oak. Doesn't have quite the class of the Cabernet but sweet, smooth, substantial and alive. The tannins are seamless and fine-grained, and this wine is delicious already. (ST)  (7/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 First vintage of this wine was 04/05. Fruit from different vineyards. Co-fermented in cement tanks with plenty of pumping over then 10-11 months in 2-year-old barrels to keep fruit and juiciness. Young winemaker Gustavo Rearte noted: ‘Fruit is the principal way to understand our wines’. Yield 8 t/ha. 18,000 cases produced. No acidification. Fermented in cement Mid to deep cherry red. Beautifully fragrant red fruit, mostly red cherry and a touch of spice and of violets but all in moderation to the fruit. On the palate, terrific freshness and that lively fruit to the fore, with definite but smooth tannins. Excellent fruit concentration, mouth-watering finish. Lighter than the wines that came later in this line-up but has fruit to the fore. Really dense fruit but light on its feet. (JH) *Good Value*  (3/2017)

K&L Notes

Achával Ferrer's Mendoza Malbec is always the most forward, immediately pleasurable, and affordable of this leading winery's lineup. For those of you who love Malbec's mixture of plum and berry fruit, this is the perfect Malbec for you. Year after year, it is a wine that is lively on the palate, and brighter tasting than many of its similarly priced competitors. The consistent quality is no surprise, given the careful sourcing of fruit from long-term contracted, mature vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo, San Carlos (Uco Valley) and Medrano. Aged in French oak for a brief 9 months, this elegant mid-weight, with plum and huckleberry fruit flavors and lovely acid balance, shows that Malbec does not need to be over-oaked or over-extracted, and indeed is all the better for delivering the simple, fruitier, more food friendly side of its personality. (Joe Manekin, K&L South American Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/4/2017 | Send Email
I have long been a fan of this vineyard and this newly released 2015 keeps that opinion running. A big, lush nose of dark red fruits and spice lead to a palate of blackberries, baking spices and balanced tannin. Super solid!

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/2/2017 | Send Email
Achaval Ferrer still remains my benchmark Malbec producer. This wine is pure Argentina with its luscious black raspberry fruit, chocolatey palate, savory spices and supple mouthfeel. There is nothing that screams eat me with some slow roasted short ribs, flank steak or ribeye like this wine here. Pure pleasure in a glass.

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme.
Alcohol Content (%): 14