We are excited to offer one of Argentina’s most famous wine projects from high up on the terraces of the Andes mountains. Planted at 1,060m above sea level and benefiting from cool nights and warm days, the 2016 Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec is an elegant wine, at 13.5% alcohol, with all the attractive spicy, sweet-fruited Malbec characteristics. The grape variety, especially from Mendoza, is arguably the most classic pairing with any steak!
Cheval des Andes, its sister wine, is the joint venture between Château Cheval Blanc and Terrazas de los Andes and is often described as Argentina’s Grand Cru. Pierre Lurton, of the famous St-Émilion property, describes it as an ‘exotic wine with a Bordelais touch’. To Nicolas Audebert, the winemaker and French ex-pat who used to make Krug and Veuve Clicquot, it’s the ‘best of two worlds: a combination of the intensity of Argentinian fruit but dressed in a very elegant way with that French style’. 67% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot are blended together from their vineyards at Las Compuertas at some 1,100m.
Terrazas, Cheval des Andes 2013 – R 1,550
The purity of fruit is so impressive here with floral, dark fruit and strawberry. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a focus and beauty that makes you think. So long and beautiful. All about purity here. – James Suckling, 98/100
It has great balance and freshness, with great elegance, and super-refined tannins. I’ve never tasted such an elegant Cheval des Andes, all about finesse and balance. Bravo to the new team! I’m really looking forward to tasting the following vintages. – Wine Advocate, 96/100
Terrazas, Reserva Malbec 2016 – R 350
Full-bodied with a great structure, this wine stands out for its volume and silky mouth-feel. It is complex, boasting smooth, well-rounded tannins that give way to a staggeringly long and lingering finish. – James Suckling, 92/100
The 2016 Reserva Malbec was produced with estate vineyard grapes from Altamira and Las Compuertas. It fermented in stainless steel with selected yeasts and matured in French oak barrels for 12 to 14 months. The nose is perfumed, floral, fruit-driven, clean and ripe without excess. The juicy palate has a lot of tasty fruit, good acidity and round tannins. It’s fruity and easy to drink. – Wine Advocate, 90/100