The flavours of Finca Fer­rer


The es­tate wines are pro­duced in a pyra­mid of styles. The Acordéon range is the ideal place to start. The four va­ri­etal wines - Mal­bec, Syrah,

Tor­rontés and Chardon­nay – ex­press the vivid typ­ic­ity of their ori­gins, and have proved favourites with De­can­ter World Wine Awards judges. The 2016

Acordéon Mal­bec 1 was Highly Rec­om­mended in the De­can­ter panel tast­ing (Oc­to­ber 2017) of Mal­becs from the re­gion with 93 points, while the 2015 vin­tage won a DWWA 2016 Plat­inum for Best Mal­bec over £15. The Acordéon Syrah’s spicy charm makes it a fine match for steak, and bar­be­cued chicken; the Acordéon

Chardon­nay is an unoaked, fresh style; and the Acordéon Tor­rontés 2 – which won DWWA Gold in 2016 with the 2015 vin­tage and 90 points in Tim Atkin MW’s Ar­gentina 2017 spe­cial re­port with the 2017 vin­tage – shows the va­ri­ety’s aro­matic in­ten­sity. All are avail­able from at £11.99.

Step­ping up the pyra­mid, look out for the Finca Fer­rer Mal­bec 2014, 3 14.5%, £16.99 Waitrose­cel­ (DWWA Com­mended 2017). It’s a finely bal­anced ex­pres­sion of this favourite va­ri­ety, plump with silky plum fruit. Next in line is Doscum­bres, 4 the icon blend, of Mal­bec, Syrah, Tan­nat and – in a nod to the Span­ish ori­gins of the fam­ily – Tem­pranillo (the 2012 vin­tage won DWWA Sil­ver in 2016). Cum­bre means sum­mit, and the wine is named af­ter the two snow-capped peaks.

Top of the tier, and only re­cently launched is the 1310 Col­lec­tion. The name refers to the 1,310m alti­tude of the vine­yard. There is a 2016

Chardon­nay and a 2015 Pinot Noir, both ex­clu­sively avail­able from Waitrose­cel­ for £29). They are two out­stand­ing wines – award-win­ners in their year of re­lease. Quan­ti­ties pro­duced are tiny and the whole ap­proach is of hand se­lec­tion and scrupu­lous at­ten­tion.

It’s no sur­prise to learn that José Fer­rer Sala was first drawn to this cool-cli­mate site for its po­ten­tial to make sparkling wine. The Chardon­nay

Block c2 2016 5 (DWWA Bronze 2018 and 94 points in Tim Atkin MW’s Ar­gentina 2017 spe­cial re­port) has a thrilling fresh­ness. So too does the

Pinot Noir Block a1 2015 6 (95 points in Tim Atkin MW’s Ar­gentina 2017 spe­cial re­port), which aims to build a rep­u­ta­tion for the va­ri­ety in Gual­tal­lary.

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