Sur de los Andes Malbec Reserva
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The vineyards for this wine are located in the 2 prime zones of Mendoza (50% Luján de Cuyo, 50% Valle de Uco).
- Sourcing from these different sites, all with slightly different soil types and climates, provides this wine with complexity and great balance, especially at this price-point.
- This vineyards produce healthy fruit without the use of fertilizers, herbicides or insecticides.
Varietal Composition: 100% Malbec
Elaboration: Double sorting Table. Use of Native yeast. 30 days with 5 days of cold maceration. Temperatures between 28-31 °C to achieve complexity. 100% Malolactic Fermentation. The wine then ages in French Oak for 12 months (80%, 2nd and 3rd use with 20% new oak).
Tasting Notes: Intensely fruity Malbec, bright ruby-red in color. Black fruits and licorice on the nose that features notes of blueberry and boysenberry with a touch of minerality.
2012 – 90 Wine Enthusiast
2013 – 90 Wine Enthusiast
2014 – 91 Wine Enthusiast
2017 – 90 James Suckling
Bodega Sur de los Andes was created by Guillermo Banfi, an Argentine professional who entered the wine industry in 2002. He studied in Los Angeles and New York and then spent the 90’s in banking and finance working in Buenos Aires and New York acquiring both business experience and taste for fine wines.
His passion for wine collided with his business training, and, coming at the start of the worldwide boom in Argentine wines, led him to make the decision to leave banking to pursue a dream of creating a high quality boutique winery.
In 2005, Guillermo, hired one of Argentina’s rising young stars, winemaker Pablo Durigutti, and pursued his dream by forming Sur de los Andes.
All grapes are carefully selected from a small number of producers in the two prime zones of Mendoza: Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley. These vineyards range from 10 to 60 years of age and are carefully managed to yield less than 9,000 pounds per acre.
These two regions have the oldest and highest quality vineyards, with elevation rising at 3.500 feet at the foothills of the Andes. These elevations guarantee long, bright, warm days followed by cool nights, which creates an ideal environment for growing healthy and ripe fruit.