Description

Located 120 kilometers south of Mendoza, Argentina, near the village of Vista Flores, the Flechas de Los Andes vineyard now occupies more than 100 hectares in the Andes foothills. The first vines were planted in 1999 and are quite dense for Argentina (5,500 vines per hectare). The Malbec grapes thrive on these ideal plots of rocks, granite pebbles and alluvial gavels perched at 1,100 meters above the sea level. They are joined by plots of Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The hot, dry climate is characterised as semiarid continental and features pronounced temperature fluctuations between day and night across seasons. These midaltitude conditions are highly conducive to the ripening of black grapes and, more particularly, of Malbec.

Tasting Notes

The 2019 Gran Corte is still a bit oaky after the wine matured in 100% new French oak barrels. It’s a slightly different blend each year, and in 2019 it is 55% Malbec, 40% Cabernet Franc and 5% Syrah that ripened thoroughly to 14.5% alcohol, making the wine ripe and a bit heady, powerful but balanced and with abundant, fine-grained tannins. 10,000 bottles were filled in October 2021. [92 points – Luis Gutiérrez – Nov 2022 – robertparker.com]