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.
The 2019 Gran Malbec shows fresher and with more integrated oak than the 2018 I tasted next to it despite having very similar analytical figures. It matured in a combination of barrels, foudres and stainless steel and comes through as floral with varietal aromas, ripe but balanced and with a silky mouthfeel. 50,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2021. [92 points – Luis Gutiérrez – Nov 2022 – robertparker.com]