Flechas De Los Andes Gran Malbec: Wine Woman Pick: GOLD Medal winner

Flechas De Los Andes Gran Malbec

Price: ¥245

Gold Medal Winner at Decanter Awards 2013

The Malbec grape does exceptionally well in Mendoza’s hot and dry climate, stony terrain, and high altitude (~3600ft). The winery uses French methods and is focused on low yields to produce high quality, naturally concentrated fruit.

Bodega Flechas de Los Andes is a result of the partnership

between Baron Benjamin de Rothschild and Laurent Dassault, on a unique terroir situated at the foot of the Andes in Mendoza, Argentina.

The winery was built in 2003 and operational since the 2004 harvest, leveraging the combined expertise garnered by Rothschild and Dassault in Bordeaux.

Flechas Gran MalbecIts a good while since I last tried this, perhaps April 2011. At the time, I was looking closely at South America and the possibilities therein, that were above the low end budget wines that are now increasingly available from that continent. Indeed we have now quite a few. I wanted to get to the higher levels to find out quite how much Malbec could do.

Well, this is big wine indeed. I can tell you that. Thick and powerful, yet soft and inviting. The acidity gives plenty of life and balances the oak and tannins nicely. Is it better than Clos de Los Siete. A difficult call. The latter has more complexity, certainly.

I came across this review after we had decided to list it, before I had tried it and I can confirm the exciting description this blogger gives.

“This is a dense, but elegant, New World-style Malbec. As soon as you pour it, you know that it is going to be big wine: dark, nearly black, core with violet rim and long legs on the sides of the glass. Stewed black cherries, black pepper, and mushrooms are among the aromas. The palate has sweet oakiness, liquorice, and dark fruits. While the alcohol is quite high at 15.5%, this Malbec is well-balanced: acidity keeps it fresh and the velvety tannins give it a solid framework. ” –from an American wine blog.

And this too:

In the glass, the wine is visually appealing: deep, vibrant purple with an almost syrupy thickness. On the nose and palate, fresh blackberry, blueberry, tobacco, figs, and hint of toasty oak. The body is medium with soft tannins and long finish of near-sweet blueberry. Best vintage to date and one of my favourite barbecue wines. To date, there have been three kosher vintages of the Gran Malbec: 2007, 2008, 2009. Enjoy!

Now, ‘Kosher’ means different things to different people. Here it’s taken to mean, suitable for consumption by those who observe Jewish dietary laws (kashrut). Wikipedia has a lot more detail on the subject.


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