Estancia Los Cardones Anko Flor de Cardon Malbec
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Salta is a land of extremes which makes for powerful, structured wines with a savory minerality.
- Anko Malbec is harvested by hand.
- Intense sunshine at 5,700′ elevation produces concentrated dark fruit flavors.
Varietal Composition: 100% Malbec
Elaboration: Very shallow and rocky soil at an average vineyard altitude of 5,700 feet. Harvested by hand. Soft awake. Cold maceration for 10 days. Natural yeasts. 18 days of 100% malolactic fermentation. Aged in 20% new French oak barrels for 12 months.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of dark fruits and spices, rich savory mid-palate, and soft, supple tannins. Concentrated. Mineral texture and structure of fine-grained tannins.
2017 – 93 James Suckling
2018 – 92 James Suckling
Established in 2008 by Fernando Saavedra Jr and his father, Estancia Los Cardones is home to Anko wines. Together these partners, Catena alumni Jeff Mausbach and celebrated winemaker Alejandro (Colo) Sejanovich, realized their dream to create a boutique winery in their native Salta. The name Estancia Los Cardones pays tribute to the giant cacti – Cardones in the region. The name Anko means “High Water” in the native Indian language (Quechan) of Salta, located in the northwest corner of Argentina.
Due to its location high on the eastern slopes, the soil profile of Estancia Los Cardones is unique in Salta – a very shallow, vey rocky soil with abundant splintered shale on the surface. “Salta is a land of extremes—extreme beauty, extreme altitude, extreme sunlight. These extremes make for powerful, structured wines with savory minerality that are very different from other regions in Argentina.” ~ Winemaker, Jeff Mausbach