Located 120 kilometers south of Mendoza, Argentina, near the village of Vista Flores, the Flechas de los Andes vineyard now occupies more than 100 hectares in the Andean foothills. The first vines were planted in 1999 and they are quite dense for Argentina (5,500 vines per hectare).
The malbec grapes seem to have found their ideal location on these plots of rocks, granite pebbles and alluvial gravels perched at 1,100 meters above sea level. They are joined by plots of merlot, syrah and cabernet sauvignon. The hot, dry climate is characterised as semi-arid continental and features pronounced temperature fluctuations between day and night and across seasons. These mid-altitude conditions are highly conducive to the ripening of red grapes and, more particularly, of malbec grapes.
The wines are powerful but remain balanced and fine due to the terroir and the altitude which helps to keep a good acidity.
Food Matching: This wine will pair nicely with Beef goulash, grilled meats, dishes with sauce and assorted cheeses.
See region detail: Argentina >> Mendoza
See producer detail: Flechas de Los Andes
Appellation: Vista Flores
Plantation density: 5,800 vines/hectare
Vineyard age: 16 years
Vineyard area: 110 hectares
Soil type: Andean silt, sand, gravel and granitic rocks
Breeding period: 12 months
The International Wine Challenge 2017―Bronze medal