Located 120 kilometres south of Mendoza, Argentina, near the village of Vista Flores, the Flechas de los Andes vineyard now occupies more than 100 hectares in the Andean foothills. The first vines were planted in 1999 and they are quite dense for Argentina (5,500 vines per hectare).
The Malbec grapes seem to have found their ideal location on these plots of rocks, granite pebbles and alluvial gravels perched at 1,100 metres above sea level. They are joined by plots of merlot, syrah and cabernet sauvignon. The hot, dry climate is characterised as semi-arid continental and features pronounced temperature fluctuations between day and night and across seasons. These mid-altitude conditions are highly conducive to the ripening of red grapes and, more particularly, of malbec grapes.
The Gran Malbec exhibits a robust palate of blackberries, raspberries and a hint of chocolate. The balance between its acididty, fruit and tannin make this wine perfect to pair with grilled meats, mushrooms or BBQ.
92 Points - James Suckling