In April 2022, in Mendoza, Argentina, Achaval Ferrer released the 2018 vintage of its iconic wines:
Achaval Ferrer Finca Bella Vista 2018, planted in 1910; Achaval Ferrer Finca Mirador 2018, planted in 1921; and Achaval Ferrer Finca Altamira 2018, planted in 1950.
Three world-class Malbecs from Mendoza from single vineyards planted in 1910, 1921 and 1950. Through minimal intervention and deliberately low yields, Achaval Ferrer allows these century-old, ungrafted vines to faithfully and elegantly express their terroir.
The estate reports that 2018 was a great vintage across Mendoza. After four difficult harvests, particularly in 2017, conditions have returned to historical parameters. The conditions for the 2018 harvest were characterized by a dry and cool climate and radiant sunshine.
“The weather was excellent,” says Gustavo Rearte, head winemaker at Achaval Ferrer. “We have returned to a classic harvest, these days when the maturity develops perfectly thanks to the good weather even before the harvest.
With higher than usual humidity accompanied by warm temperatures, the summer of 2018 brought complexity and intensity to the finished wines. The lengthening of the maturation period brought additional depth to the terroir profiles as well as silky tannins. Moreover, the combination of medium to low humidity and constant temperature in the last period of maturation led to the expression of wines with greater complexity on the mid-palate and enormous aging potential. As a result, Achaval Ferrer is confident that the 2018 wines exhibit harmony, elegance and complexity at their best.
Finca Bella Vista 2018 has a floral character, typical of a cool and sunny year, combined with red fruits and spices. On the palate, it has particularly silky tannins, thanks to the clay-loamy soils of Finca Bella Vista.
Finca Mirador 2018 has spicy notes and a fruity character thanks to the flavors of blueberries and figs. Such descriptors, typical of sunny, cool years, combine with a touch of graphite for depth and complexity on the nose. To complete the profile of the wine, a beautiful tannic structure resulting from the natural acidity of this vineyard.
Finca Altamira 2018 perfect balance between ripe fruit and natural acidity. Citric notes, such as orange peel, combine with aromas of red fruits, typical of sunny and cool years, and with mineral notes conferred by the unique soil profile of this vineyard. On the palate, it expresses both sweetness and tension, with a long and balanced finish.
Extremely limited quantities of these three Malbecs have been carefully allocated to 35 different markets and are available from April 4, 2022. The total worldwide allocation for the three wines is:
8,400 bottles of Achaval Ferrer Finca Bella Vista 2018; 4,370 bottles of Achaval Ferrer Finca Mirador 2018; and 8,620 bottles of Achaval Ferrer Finca Altamira 2018.
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Posted on April 4, 2022