Simply, Achaval-Ferrer produce some of the finest wines to come out of Argentina.
Using Ancient, high-altitude, low-yielding vines, irrigated by snowmelt and ripened to perfection by the diurnal temperature differences and the use of green harvesting techniques. Achaval Ferrer go further to increase ripeness and concentration further by the strategic sacrifice of a portion of the crop to sunburn and taking the extraordinary risk of not using shade producing hail nets (in a region prone to crop decimating hail), to acquire every drop of sunshine possible.
The Quimera is a Bordeaux style blend. Malbec based, with Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
"Jet-plum, essentially opaque and clinging to the glass, this reveals a spicy array of red and black fruit, cherries and berries on the nose, allied to rather savoury, mushroom notes, juniper, pepper - rather hedonistic. The palate reflects the aromatic character of the nose with additional floral notes. Layered and complex, supple and opulent, this is a very fine Quimera, supported by refined, ripe, rather noble tannins. The aim for Quimera is perfection. This is what they refer to as their Bordeaux blend and although less often seen, Malbec does constitute one of the Bordeaux varietals. Two vines are required to make one bottle of Quimera. The wine is fermented in tank before being blended and transferred to oak barrel for malolactic fermentation and 12 months’ ageing. The barrels are 40% new and 60% one year old."
Malbec/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot.