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Achaval Ferrer Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2014

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93 Pts. Tim Atkins

91 Pts Wine & Spirit Magazine

Achaval Ferrer is renowned for creating world class reds and still hold the record for the highest ever rated wine from South America. This Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon is the newest addition to the Achaval Ferrer family. This big, old world wine offers refined, dusty tanins, a truffled note and bright, peppery acidity that carries red fruit flavours through to a subtle persistent finish. Low yields, careful vineyard management and low intervention winemaking are the hallmark of this wine. A stand out, elegant Cabernet.

Food Matching: Perfect barbecued meats, hearty dishes and cheese plates. 

Grape Variety100% Cabernet Sauvignon 

Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Vineyard: Agrelo and Medrano
Age of the Vineyard: Medrano planted 1925
Time of Harvest: 20th March 
Altitude: Between 700m and 1100m     

Harvest Method: Hand picked 
Viticulture & Winemaking: From vines across 2 sites in Mendoza: Agrelo (1100m on limestone with sandy topsoil) and Medrano (670m. heavier soil with some clay compenent). They wish to honour the signature variety of Mendoza and emphasise all the characteristics of this unique cépageTheir work in the vineyards reinforces leaf system over root system, and emphasises the soul of the fruit. Aerated pump-overs with soft sprinkling of the cap, followed by pressing at the end of and up to 4 days after fermentation as determined by daily tasting results. No filtering. Cold soaks, acid correction, bleed-offs and addition of enzymes were not used during vinification. Fermented in cement tanks at a maximum temperature up to 93-95° F with extensive pumping over for better extraction. Malolactic fermentation is 100% spontaneous in oak. The wine is aged for 9 months in French oak barrels followed by one month in tanks. They took special care to preserve the necessary balance between wood and fruit without losing its character. All Achaval Ferrer wines are bottled without fining or filtering. It is therefore recommend you decant this wine at least an hour before drinking.
Oak Ageing: 100% of the wine is aged for 9 months in French oak barrels followed by one month in stainless steel tank.
WinemakerRoberto Cipresso & Santiago Achával   

Alcohol: 14.7% vol.
Volume: 750ml
Residual Sugar: 1.7 gr/ litre
Standard Drinks: 8.7
Best Served: 16°-18°
Cellaring:  Ready to drink or save and enjoy.