Estancia Los Cardones Anko Tigerstone Garnacha
WHY WE LOVE IT
- For the Tigerstone wines, the highest lot in the vineyard is selected, where the highest amount of rocky surface soil is found. These angular rocks are called, Tigerstone. These rocky surface stones cause the lowest yield in the vineyard.
- The average age of the vines is 12 years.
- Hand harvested and sustainable farming is used.
Varietal Composition: 100% Garnacha
Elaboration: Different micro vinification’s in 500kg harvest bins. Temperature of 18˚C for an average of 8 days. Manual punch downs. 100% malolactic fermentation. Gentle de-stemming. Average cold maceration for 5 days at 7˚C. Natural yeasts.
Tasting Notes: Provides ripe red fruits with delicate oral notes. The mouthfeel is light and fresh, finishing with bright, crisp acidity.
2018 – 93 Wine Advocate
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