Small top-quality Mendoza winery. It is an Argentine/Italian partnership of four friends: Santiago Achaval Becu, Manuel Ferrer Minetti, Italian winemaker and roving consultant Roberto Cipresso and former world rally champion Tiziano Siviero. There are three estate-owned vineyards which are planted at altitude (730–1,100m) and there are some leasing arrangements with a number of other vineyard owners. Vinification includes both pumping over and punching the cap during maceration and malolactic takes place in barrel. The Finca Altamira and Finca Mirador are both 100% Malbecs from single vineyards and produced from very low-yielding old vines. A third vineyard source, Finca Bella Vista is also now made, again from Malbec The mainstays of the winery are the Quimera red, a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and a Malbec from a number of sites around Vistalba. These are dense and powerful wines which will keep well for a decade or more but can be broached with 3 or 4 years’ age. (DM)
To find out more about Achaval-Ferrer and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to South America..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines Merlot, the two Cabernets, Carmenère and Syrah. (DM)