2015 Cheval des Andes, Terrazas de los Andes (6 x Bottle)

Argentina Mendoza

The 2015 Cheval des Andes is a blend of 69% Malbec and 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, which is the tendency in the last few years. 2015 was also a challenging year for Cabernet Sauvignon, but they were ready for it after 2014, the only harvest in which they used more Petit Verdot in the blend than Cabernet Sauvignon. 2015 was a very different harvest from 2016. In 2015, they had a lot of heat, and it was dry during the growing season; the rain during the harvest was a challenge, but in a way, it also saved the year by providing some freshness. This wine feels quite classic, looking for freshness, elegance and aging potential. I see this in the style of the 2012, with more refinement and nicely textured. There are some grainy tannins that should get polished with time, and there is great structure and freshness. It's 14% alcohol, which is moderate for what it was in the past. 55,000 bottles produced.

2015 Cheval des Andes, Terrazas de los Andes (6 x Bottle)

The 2015 Cheval des Andes is a blend of 69% Malbec and 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, which is the tendency in the last few years. 2015 was also a challenging year for Cabernet Sauvignon, but they were ready for it after 2014, the only harvest in which they used more Petit Verdot in the blend than Cabernet Sauvignon. 2015 was a very different harvest from 2016. In 2015, they had a lot of heat, and it was dry during the growing season; the rain during the harvest was a challenge, but in a way, it also saved the year by providing some freshness. This wine feels quite classic, looking for freshness, elegance and aging potential. I see this in the style of the 2012, with more refinement and nicely textured. There are some grainy tannins that should get polished with time, and there is great structure and freshness. It's 14% alcohol, which is moderate for what it was in the past. 55,000 bottles produced.

Argentina Mendoza
Producer Terrazas de los Andes
Region Mendoza
Country Argentina
Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 2015
Colour Red
ABV 13.50%
Style Full, Dry, Powerful

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93 Points / Drinking 2020 - 2029

By Stephen Tanzer / September 2019

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2015 Cheval des Andes is a blend of 69% Malbec and 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, which is the tendency in the last few years. 2015 was also a challenging year for Cabernet Sauvignon, but they were ready for it after 2014, the only harvest in which they used more Petit Verdot in the blend than Cabernet Sauvignon. 2015 was a very different harvest from 2016. In 2015, they had a lot of heat, and it was dry during the growing season; the rain during the harvest was a challenge, but in a way, it also saved the year by providing some freshness. This wine feels quite classic, looking for freshness, elegance and aging potential. I see this in the style of the 2012, with more refinement and nicely textured. There are some grainy tannins that should get polished with time, and there is great structure and freshness. It’s 14% alcohol, which is moderate for what it was in the past. 55,000 bottles produced.

96 Points / Drinking 2020 - 2030

By Luis Gutiérrez / October 2019

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2015 Cheval des Andes is a blend of 69% Malbec and 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, the tendency in the last few years. 2015 was also a challenging year for Cabernet Sauvignon, but they were ready for it after 2014, the only harvest in which they used more Petit Verdot in the blend than Cabernet Sauvignon. 2015 was a very different harvest from 2016. In 2015, they had a lot of heat, and it was dry during the growing season; the rain during the harvest was a challenge, but in a way, it also saved the year by providing some freshness. This wine feels quite classic, looking for freshness, elegance and aging potential. I see this in the style of the 2012, with more refinement and nicely textured. There are some grainy tannins that should get polished with time, and there is great structure and freshness. It’s 14% alcohol, which is moderate for what it was in the past. 55,000 bottles produced.

96 Points / Drinking 2020 - 2030

By Luis Gutiérrez / August 2019