This small winery owned by Michel Rolland and a number of friends is based in warm Salta, but crucially the Calchaquies Valley vineyards here are planted at high altitude, some 2,000m above sea level. Of equal importance is the age of the vines, which are now over 80 years old. The Yacochuya, a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, is very dense with marvellous depth and a rich sumptuous texture on the palate. Malolactic takes place in barrel and the wine is aged on lees with microoxygenation.
It is bottled with minimal fining and without filtration and will develop very well over a decade or so. It is undoubtedly one of the very finest reds to have emerged from South America in recent years. A second red, San Pedro de Yacochuya, is also being made to ensure the integrity of the grand vin. Rolland is the owner of Le BON PASTEUR in Pomerol, he is also now involved in the recently established CLOS DE LOS SIETE operation, and his own VAL DE FLORES winery. (DM)
To find out more about Walter Yacochuya 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)