Finca Altamira, Achaval Ferrer Malbec, Argentina 2011

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Finca Altamira, Achaval Ferrer Malbec, Argentina 2011

79.00

Certain wine merchants use hyperbole as their base currency, so there's nowhere left to go when they need to emphasise a point, but in this case it wouldn't be an overstatement to say that this is Argentina's finest Malbec. The 2009 vintage was awarded 99 points in The Wine Advocate, the highest score ever given to an Argentine Malbec, but as die-hard fans of litotes, we like to say that the 2011 vintage isn't too shabby either. Sourced from very low-yielding 80 year-old vines (0.75 tons per acre) in La Consulta, its highly polished and immaculately tailored fruit is as beautifully manicured as any Bordeaux Second Growth and that's an understatement.

The Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Malbec Finca Altamira is a subzone from La Consulta in the Uco Valley, which is located at 1,050 metres above sea level on the east bank of the Tunuyan River. The soils have big boulders and volcanic ashes, and there is an important component of calcium carbonate. This is the first old vineyard they found, and it produces a very dark-coloured, bright, wine with a subtle nose, mixing flowers (violets) and red, blue and black fruit, with hints of spices and a velvety feeling. The palate is medium-bodied, silky, with an impressive acid spine and completely ripe and round tannins. The velvety feeling is also confirmed in the texture, which displays a long tactile sensation mixing electricity, minerality and very good acidity. A superb wine! Drink 2014-2025." 95 points

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