Alfa Crux 2011

75cl Bodegas y Vinedos Ortega Fournier Malbec Argentina > Mendoza > Uco Valley Rich, full-bodied, elegant and complex
‘The wine was aged for 20 months in new French and American oak. It offers up an alluring nose of pain grille, pencil lead, blueberry, and black cherry. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied, supple wine with lots of spicy fruit, excellent depth and grip, and a lingering, pure finish. "Naughty heavy bottle (but they have since mended their ways). This is Very Serious Wine. Really spreads across the palate. Bring on that steak and chimichurri". Jancis Robinson

Bodegas y Viñedos O. Fournier’s mission is to become one of the most outstanding, high quality wineries in Argentina and seems to be on track with countless appearances in the press, and Decanter magazine heralding the producer as an ‘Icon of Tomorrow’. Founded at the turn of the millennium by the Spanish Fournier family (José Manuel Ortega), the winery lies beneath the snow-capped Andes at an altitude of almost 4000 ft above sea level in the beautiful Uco Valley. At this altitude, there is a significant fluctuation between daytime and night-time temperatures of up to 20º-25ºC. This variance particularly favours the production of wines with an excellent colour and suitable for long ageing in oak barrels. The region´s stoney and sandy soils offer excellent drainage during the summer season. The lack of organic material, limited rainfall and prevailing winds are also conducive to high quality, healthy grapes. Furthermore, the water that irrigates the estates comes pure and clean from the snow thawing on the Andes. The new winery - a phoenix rising out of the stony arid soil - aims to combine the best of old and new technology when completed: above ground, stainless steel, oak vats and gravity feeds; underground, a cellar designed to hold 2,800 oak barrels at a constant temperature and humidity. The grapes for this wine came from two Uco Valley vineyards aging 65 and 80 years-old.

 

"The 2011 Alfa Crux Malbec fermented in oak vats and went through malo in barrel where it matured for 17 months. It seems to have taken the oak much better than the blend (but the blend is from 2009) and it shows a good balance between spicy/oak-related aromas and the juicy berries and violets that are classic Malbec descriptors. The palate is medium to full-bodied, and although the wine is powerful it feels less so because of the good freshness and balance. A showy Malbec from Uco that could be enjoyed now or allowed to mellow in bottle." The Wine Advocate

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