Achaval Ferrer releases Fincas 2018 vintage
Achaval Ferrer has announced the release of the 2018 vintage in what has been described as a year that produced excellent wines in Mendoza.
The winery, which is part of ultra-premium wine group Tenute del Mondo, launched: 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.
Achaval Ferrer head winemaker Gustavo Rearte said: “2018 was a great vintage, a year that produced excellent wines in Mendoza. After four challenging harvests, particularly 2017, conditions went back to historical parameters and it could be described as a textbook harvest for Mendoza: dry, cool climate and radiant sunshine in all seasons.”
According to the winery, the summer of 2018 which offered higher than usual humidity accompanied by high temperatures, provided complexity and intensity to the wines. Additionally, the extension of the ripening period brought an added depth to the terroir profiles, as well as silky tannins. Plus, the combination of medium to low humidity and a constant temperature in the final period of ripening led to greater complexity in the mid-palate and an enormous aging potential.
Rearte explained: “The weather was excellent, we returned to a textbook harvest, those days when maturity develops perfectly due to good weather even before the harvest. As a result, 2018 will be an excellent year for Achaval Ferrer wines. Harmony, elegance and complexity at its finest.”
The release includes: Finca Bella Vista 2018, sourced from a vineyard planted back in 1910, which presents a floral character, typical of a cool, sunny year, combined with red fruits and spices; Finca Mirador 2018, sourced from a vineyard planted back in 1921, that shows spicy notes and a fruity character that highlights black fruits such as blueberries and figs; and Finca Altamira, sourced from a vineyard planted back in 1950, which strikes a perfect balance between ripe fruit and natural acidity.