Terrazas de Los Andes Malbec (Reserva)

Region Mendoza, Argentina
Grape Malbec
Category Red
Brand Terrazas de Los Andes

Tasting Notes
The season was characterized by a very cold winter followed by a late spring. The high temperatures of the early summer resulted in a rapid increase in sugars and in a loss of the weight of berries. During the rest of the cycle, low temperatures continued and ripeness developed slowly, obtaining very fruity and aromatic wines with a pronounced acidity, a consequence of a late cool summer.

Vinfication

  • Hand-harvesting during the month of April.
  • Cluster destemming and slight berry splitting.
  • Fermentation and maceration for an average of 21 days, alternating pumping over and delestage. Devatting.
  • Aging for 12 – 14 months in 1/3 new – and the remaining in second and third use – French oak barrels.
  • Clarification. Filtration Bottling.
  • Bottle Aging: 6 months minimum.

Tasting Notes
This wine has an intense purplish colour with red shades. The aroma is very expressive, revealing a floral and red fruit profile of violet, raspberry and cherry, with marked aromas of toasted coffee and chocolate. The taste is characterised by a broad and sweet mouth feel, delicate tannins add finesse to this great Malbec.

At the end of the 1950s, the famous French Champagne house, Moët & Chandon, realized there was an enormous potential for growth in South America. They sent their wine analyst, Renaud Poirier, to study the possibility of expansion. Monsieur Poirier finally proved that Luján de Cuyo, a region within the province of Mendoza, was the best place for the birth of fine wines. In 1960, Chandon Argentina was established, the first subsidiary of Moët & Chandon outside France.

To make the Terrazas de los Andes wines, Chandon Argentina took the initiative to restore this building, located in the heart of Perdriel and at the foot of the imposing Cordón del Plata (a section of the Andes Mountain Range).

Reserva is hand-harvested from select estate vineyards.
Developed with extensive focus on vineyard management, these wines stand out for their aromatic intensity and complex style.

Las Compuertas vineyard is located a stone’s throw from the northern end of the Mendoza river. The property has very deep soil, down to nearly 1.8 metres in places, though part of the property is close to a hilly area where the soil is shallower and somewhat rocky.

Ungrafted Malbec vines planted in 1929 enjoy an abundant source of clean, run-off water from the river and a longer ripening season thanks to the region’s cooler temperatures. Over the years, this vineyard has used a Guyot system with narrow rows and low trellises, irrigation provided by furrows running down the slope, a method used by the immigrants who started the industry in our province. This irrigation method brings silt and clay that retain moisture so less irrigation is used.

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