67 Pall Mall | Matervini, a journey through the pre-cordillera and its geologies


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Matervini is the wine adventure of Santiago Achával and Roberto Cipresso.

It was born in 2008, in an attempt to answer the question “what’s next after Malbec?” Their answer was, “More Malbec! From different places, with different personalities.” This venture shows how very different wines from completely different terroirs can be born from the same grape variety. Matervini travels the long path that goes from traditional to unexplored areas, from young to old geologies and from alluvial to non-alluvial soil structures – like those of the Pre-cordillera. All along this road, wines with unique personalities emerge as different expressions of nature.

It is a path that starts with Wine made in traditional Mendocinian soils in the Uco Valley, that give the visitor the opportunity to try the flavours and personality of a classic and traditional terroir. This is the starting point where we can move to soils of adventure and discovery: Canota Valley in Mendoza, Calchaquíes in Salta, midway between Cafayate and Molinos, Yacochuya, in Cafayate, and lastly, returning to Mendoza, Piedras Viejas, in the area of El Challao, Las Heras, the first vineyard in Mendoza set on a pronounced hillside, with up to 13 thousand plants per hectare, planted at more than 5,000 feet above sea level with a great geological diversity in such a small area. Soils with calciferous rock more than 40 million years old, and others more than 450 million years old, and a third, of broken, weathered black basalt. All in less than 36 acres, in the middle of the Pre-cordillera.

We are delighted to be joined by Co-founder, Santiago Achával, as he tells us how he tells the story of how he first drawn to the wine world in 1988 whist travelling with friends in Napa Valley and shares his evolution from the Achaval Ferrer days and its wines, to Matervini, and now the newer project he leads with Roberto. He will also discuss over ten years of terroir driven research and discuss the geological journey they strive to express in their wines.

As a warm-up for this tasting, Blanco 2018 will lead the way. A one of a kind blend of white varietals – Rousanne & Marsanne- will challenge every white you’ve ever tried from the southern hemisphere. The Tinto 2017 will follow suit, a Malbec, Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot co-fermented which will show us how this technique when used properly can deliver more than the sum of the parts. Reaching the zenith of the event it will be time for the Antes Andes 2017, where this single vineyard Malbec will show us the uniqueness of discovering terroirs that are older than the Andes Mountains. The final act, will be the Achaval Ferrer Finca Bella Vista and Finca Altamira 2009, at the time between the most awarded wines in Argentina by the international press, and that will be perfect to show the aging potential of the Matervini wines.

Wine Samples (order here):

2018 Matervini Blanco, Marsanne, Viognier
2017 Matervini Tinto. Malbec, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot
2017 Matervini Antes Andes Malbec
2009 Achaval Ferrer Finca Bella Vista Malbec
2009 Finca Altamira, Achaval Ferrer

Delivered to the UK £87
Delivered to EU £97

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