Produced from 100% malbec grapes, it is aged for 18 months: 30% in new barrels, 30% in second-fill barrels and 40% in vats. It has violet intense tones, typical of the Uco region; the extremely expressive nose opens with a dominant note of fresh fruit highlighted by hints of red currant, plum, red cherries and floral aromas such as violet. The resin is very subtle, it increases the aromatic complexity achieving a perfect balance between fruit and oak. On the palate, the attack is round with delicate velvety tannins for a mineral, fresh wine with a long finish. Ageing potential: 5 to 7 years, obtaining tertiary aromas and improving the bouquet. “With regard to this genuine varietal wine from a single terroir, we prefer harvesting in two steps,” explains Pablo Richardi. In late March when the acidity in the grapes is still high, which will ensure the wine’s freshness; and then again in mid-April when the grapes are at optimal maturity, which increases volume in mouth. Blending batches produced separately guarantees the wine will have good complexity and balance.”
It is an assemblage wine in which we can gain elegance by mixing different components and varietals. The typical malbec from Argentina marks its identity with its aromas of violet and prunes. Syrah provides great minerals and spicy aromas in our semi-desert climate. Malbec as well as syrah are very intense wines and it is cabernet franc who brings elegance and subtlety with very soft tannins and rose aromas. All these components provide the complexity and elegance which are necessary for a great wine. Due to its initial great tannic structure, this wine needs 24 months in barrels to refine its tannins without losing body. Gran Corte, the great wine, a blend comprising primarily malbec for its fruit, along with syrah for its spiced notes and cabernet franc for its freshness, is aged in new oak barrels for 24 months. It offers a deep intense colour, an enchanting nose of fresh fruit – red currant and cherry – interwoven with notes of liquorice and spice, along with slight roasted aromas from the oak with toasted almonds and vanilla. On the palate, the attack is generous and round with muted tannins and a long finish. There is a subtle expression of power. Ageing potential: 10 years.
Depending on the vintage, production is around 100,000 bottles per year for the Flechas de Los Andes Gran Malbec and about 12,000 bottles per year for the Flechas de Los Andes Gran Corte.