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Why do we love this wine?

This one means a bit more to me than the average wine. About a year ago (and what feels like a lifetime ago), I was lucky enough to be hosted in Mendoza by Hervé and Diane Joyeaux Fabre, the couple behind Viñalba and Fabre Montmayou. After a memorable day spent walking their vineyards in the Uco Valley with a backdrop of the towering Andes Mountains, we headed over to the winery to do a bit of tasting. Amongst new vintages of all of their great wines was something I’d never seen before, a first taste of the previously unreleased Alta-Yarí Gran Corte. 

Profile

Minerally
Blackcurrant
Plum
Full-bodied
Silky
Dense

Alta-Yarí is a new project for the Fabre’s, sourced from their high-altitude vineyard in Gualtallary. Gran Corte is the flagship wine for this brand and it represents a more contemporary blend than what is often found in Mendoza. Cab franc (60%) is the primary grape with smaller portions of malbec (35%) and cab sav (5%). It starts with hand harvesting, followed by selection of first the bunches and then the individual grapes. The wine then sees 16 months in French oak. 

The finished wine is so compelling, so complex and so intensely delicious. The high-altitude vineyard provides minerality, structure and layering to deep, dark fruit flavours like blackcurrant, plum and cassis. Behind this are fine tannins and hints of graphite all leading to a velvety finish. It’s a little spicy, very aromatic and certainly built to age for a long time. Upon its release, Gran Corte was so clearly a triumph that leading South American wine review organisation Descorchados awarded the wine 96 points, Best Red Wine and Best Gualtallary Wine. I’d say that’s pretty spot on.

Awards

Descorchados
Best Red Descorchados
Best Gualtallary Descorchados
Medal Red Winemaker of the Year IWC 2018
Argentine Wine Producer Trophy IWSC 2017
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Specs

Region
Mendoza
Vintage
2018
Cellaring
2038
Preservatives
Sulphites
Alcohol by Vol.
Closure
Cork
Bottle Vol
750mL
Blend Info
60% Cab Franc, 35% Malbec, 5% Cab Sav
Serving Temp.
15.0°C

Region

Mendoza