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 Ocado.com at £11.99.
Stepping up the pyramid, look out for the Finca Ferrer Malbec 2014, 3 14.5%, £16.99 Waitrosecellar.com (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 Waitrosecellar.com 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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