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.
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