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  • Cafayate, Argentina

Key Facts

  • Size: 16ha
  • Altitude: 1980 m.a.s.l

Michel Rolland has been an inspiration to the global wine industry for many decades and has put his stamp on this wine. Yacochuya is made in the region of Cafayate, located in the far north of Argentina in Salta province. Malbec vines are grown at 2035m above sea level on clay/gravelly sand. This high altitude means there are large differences between day and night temperatures, allowing complex aromas and flavours to develop while preserving acidity levels. The vines have an average age of 60 years old and so the fruit is incredibly concentrated. The owner Marcos Etchart and winemaker Michel Rolland ensure that all grapes are handpicked and sorted before being put into temperature controlled vats for fermentation.

Aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels, Yacochuya is a blockbuster of a wine and yet is extremely elegant. It is opaque with a very dense colour and a marked nose of black cherry and spice. It has a full, fleshy, soft mouth-feel with rich black fruit and black pepper spice.

Yacochuya’s second wine, San Pedro de Yacochuya, is a blend of 85% Malbec and 15% Cabernet, sourced from the same vineyards as the flagship wine. This wine has impressive concentration with beautiful elegance and is a favourite of Tim Atkin who once described the wine as “almost Rhône-like, with notes of black olive and lavender, some pepper spice”. Great value for money.

2006 Yacochuya - "The 2006 Yacochuya is a wine that number crunchers will despise (16% alcohol, 4.09pH) and that hedonists will go ga-ga over. Made from 100% Malbec and aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak, it offers up a veritable cocktail of prunes, plums, and even dates that leapfrogs from the glass. Full-bodied, fat, and succulent, to say that it has gobs of flavor is an understatement. Somewhere in this wine there is enough structure and baby fat to carry it through 2020. It's akin to getting a full-body massage through the mouth." 94 Points, Jay Miller
2008 San Pedro Yacochuya - "The 2008 San Pedro de Yacochuya, composed of 85% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and is aged for 12 months in 30% new French oak. Purple in color, it offers up an inviting nose of smoke, tar, licorice, soy, black cherry, and black currant. This leads to a full-bodied wine with layers of succulent fruit, excellent depth and concentration, and a lengthy, pure finish. This outstanding value will profit from another 2-3 years of bottle age and will deliver peak drinking from 2012 to 2023. " 91 Points, Jay Miller
Producer Wine Vintage Bottle Shot Wine Label Technical Sheet Tasting Note
Yacochuya Yacochuya 2008