In April 2022, in Mendoza, Argentina, Achaval Ferrer releases 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 sourced from single vineyards planted in 1910, 1921 and 1950. Through minimum intervention and deliberately low yields, Achaval Ferrer allows these hundred-year-old ungrafted vines to faithfully and elegantly express their terroir.
The estate reports that 2018 was a great vintage across Mendoza. After four challenging harvests, particularly 2017, conditions went back to historical parameters. Conditions for the 2018 harvest featured a dry, cool climate and radiant sunshine.
“The weather was excellent,” says Gustavo Rearte, head winemaker at Achaval Ferrer. “We returned to a textbook harvest, those days when maturity develops perfectly due to good weather even before the harvest.”
With higher than usual humidity accompanied by warm temperatures, summer 2018 provided complexity and intensity to the finished wines. The extension of the ripening period brought an added depth to the terroir profiles as well as silky tannins. Additionally, the combination of medium-to-low humidity and a constant temperature in the final period of ripening led to the expression of wines with greater complexity in the mid-palate and an enormous aging potential. As a result, Achaval Ferrer is confident that the 2018 wines demonstrate harmony, elegance and complexity at its finest.
Finca Bella Vista 2018 presents a floral character, typical of a cool, sunny year, combined with red fruits and spices. On the palate it has especially silky tannins, thanks to the clay-loam soils of Finca Bella Vista.
Finca Mirador 2018 has spicy notes and a fruity character thanks to flavors of blueberries and figs. Such descriptors, typical of sunny and cool years, combine with a touch of graphite for depth and complexity on the nose. Rounding out the wine’s profile is a great tannic structure from the natural acidity of this vineyard.
Finca Altamira 2018 strikes a perfect balance between ripe fruit and natural acidity. Citric notes, such as orange peel, combine with red fruit aromas, typical of sunny and cool years, and with mineral notes lent by the unique soil profile in this vineyard. In the mouth, it expresses both softness and tension, with a long and balanced finish.
Extremely limited quantities of these three Malbecs have been carefully allocated in 35 different markets and are available as of April 4, 2022. 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.