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Cheval des Andes

Terrazas, Cheval des Andes 2013

R1,550

16 in stock

Notes

67% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot

Viticulture:
Harvest 2013 has been one of the most important in recent decades in terms of quantity and quality, thanks to the absence of climatic risk factors. The season was characterized by a number of hot days – with temperature over 30°C – well above the historical average. Therefore, we had to face the great challenge of avoiding over-ripeness and excessive concentration and opulence, in order to maintain the natural balance and freshness typical from Cheval des Andes wines. The key was to carefully define the harvest date. We harvested flexibly and quickly to achieve an aromatic balance between red fruits and spices and moderate levels of alcohol. During the ripening period, the nights in our vineyards were very cool, so natural acidity was preserved.

Winemakers notes:
'A great wine has everything but nothing in excess. Vintage 2013 reminds me of this phrase: it displays the essential components: terroir typicity and the stamp of the warm climate of this year, but maintaining balance and moderation. Compared to other vintages, I consider that 2013 represents a step forward in this path in which Mendoza’s terroir power meets with the sobriety of our French genes.' – Lorenzo Pasquini - Technical Manager & Winemaker Cheval des Andes

Tasting notes:
'The purity of fruit is so impressive here with floral, dark fruit and strawberry. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a focus and beauty that makes you think. So long and beautiful. All about purity here.' – James Suckling, 98/100

'It has great balance and freshness, with great elegance, and super-refined tannins. I've never tasted such an elegant Cheval des Andes, all about finesse and balance. Bravo to the new team! I'm really looking forward to tasting the following vintages.' – Wine Advocate, 96/100

'Is Cheval des Andes finally starting to fulfil its enormous potential? So it would appear, because this is the best vintage yet of this Malbec-dominated blend. There’s less oak and the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot are delivering greater freshness on the palate. Spice, acidity, creamy vanilla oak, fine tannins and notes of mint, blackberry and dried herbs.' – Tim Atkin, 96/100

Analysis:
Alc: 15.0% RS: 1.55 g/L TA: 5.4 g/L pH: 3.66

67% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot

Viticulture:
Harvest 2013 has been one of the most important in recent decades in terms of quantity and quality, thanks to the absence of climatic risk factors. The season was characterized by a number of hot days – with temperature over 30°C – well above the historical average. Therefore, we had to face the great challenge of avoiding over-ripeness and excessive concentration and opulence, in order to maintain the natural balance and freshness typical from Cheval des Andes wines. The key was to carefully define the harvest date. We harvested flexibly and quickly to achieve an aromatic balance between red fruits and spices and moderate levels of alcohol. During the ripening period, the nights in our vineyards were very cool, so natural acidity was preserved.

Winemakers notes:
'A great wine has everything but nothing in excess. Vintage 2013 reminds me of this phrase: it displays the essential components: terroir typicity and the stamp of the warm climate of this year, but maintaining balance and moderation. Compared to other vintages, I consider that 2013 represents a step forward in this path in which Mendoza’s terroir power meets with the sobriety of our French genes.' – Lorenzo Pasquini - Technical Manager & Winemaker Cheval des Andes

Tasting notes:
'The purity of fruit is so impressive here with floral, dark fruit and strawberry. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a focus and beauty that makes you think. So long and beautiful. All about purity here.' – James Suckling, 98/100

'It has great balance and freshness, with great elegance, and super-refined tannins. I've never tasted such an elegant Cheval des Andes, all about finesse and balance. Bravo to the new team! I'm really looking forward to tasting the following vintages.' – Wine Advocate, 96/100

'Is Cheval des Andes finally starting to fulfil its enormous potential? So it would appear, because this is the best vintage yet of this Malbec-dominated blend. There’s less oak and the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot are delivering greater freshness on the palate. Spice, acidity, creamy vanilla oak, fine tannins and notes of mint, blackberry and dried herbs.' – Tim Atkin, 96/100

Analysis:
Alc: 15.0% RS: 1.55 g/L TA: 5.4 g/L pH: 3.66

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Country

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Region

Mendoza

Style

Red

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