Terrazas de los Andes Grand Malbec is Terrazas’s flagship Malbec and appears to replace the Terrazas de los Andes Single Vineyard Las Compuertas Malbec. The wine is blend of of Malbec from three different high altitude vineyard sites, including some the Las Compuertas vineyard.
Terrazas de los Andes was established in 1992 by Chandon Argentina, which was itself established by Champagne Moet et Chandon as their Argentine wine project in 1960. Terrazas produce superb premium wines from some of the world’s highest vineyards. The winery has been named after the terraces situated at different altitudes upon which the vines are grown. Within these unique microclimates, Terrazas de los Andes presents a range of wines that offer great fruit concentration and varietal character. Their vineyards are located in the heart of Mendoza’s Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valleys. The high-altitude climate, with its low rainfall, rocky soil, and lack of organic elements in the ground, forces vines to work hard for hydration and nutrients which helps to produce grapes with intense, vivid flavours.
Terrazas de los Andes Grand Malbec is the company’s fullest expression of Malbec. It is the result of a blending of Malbec grown on the deep soils of Terrazas’s Las Compuertas vineyard in Lujan de Cuyo (altitude 1070 metres above sea level) and Malbec grown on the rocky terroir of Paraje Altamira in the Uco Valley (altitude 1100 metres above sea level. The former lends red fruit aromas and flavours, round tannins and a distinctive elegance whilst the latter provide floral and aromatic spice notes with great balance. There is also a third component from Los Chacayes, the land of the rolling stones, also in the Uco Valley (altitude 1200m) which brings beautiful intensity of colour, aromas of black fruit and mineral notes with structre, concentration and luminous freshness. In total their are 14 different plots of vines used from across the three vineyards.