Your new summertime, chillable red. Seriously, I would drink a lot more Malbec if they all tasted like this.
This Beaujolais-inspired Malbec is exciting and oh so fresh with flavors of blueberry, black cherry, cranberry ocean spray, cocoa and just a hint of cigar box on the finish. There is a slight minerality and chalkiness expressive of the terroir, and the unique use of carbonic maceration (not frequently seen on Malbec) renders it juicy, jammy, and damn delicious.
Organic farming practices, hand-harvested, & only 1,250 cases produced.
“The Gouchas lifestyle is about connecting with the land, and connecting with the heart.”
Gouchas Malbec is a play on words and pays homage to the female gauchos of Argentina. The wine honors the strength, independence, and fortitude of the fearless cowgirls of Argentina, while also nodding to the female-led team at Argaux and Amlière Imports, who are daring to sell wine in a fresh and innovative way. The cerise boina, or red berets, featured on the wine’s label are regularly worn by these tough-as-nails females, so it’s only natural that we showcased them on our equally rugged red wine.
This wine is the result of a beautiful partnership between Bodega Tierras Altas & the ARGAUX/Amlière team. Lexi Jones, co-founder of Amlière, and Federico Vargas first crossed paths a year and a half ago through a mutual friend and winemaker. They instantly hit it off and began exploring options for a unique partnership highlighting the potential of well-made wine from Luján de Cuyo and the hardworking women behind Bodega Tierras Altas, ARGAUX & hardworking women all over the world. After many months of planning, brainstorming, and vinifying, Gouchas Malbec finally became a reality.
Bodega Tierras Altas is no stranger to Argentinian viticulture. For more than a century, the Arizu family has been cultivating vineyards in Luján de Cuyo, a high-altitude zone known for top-quality wines, located within Argentina’s overarching Mendoza region. The estate was first founded in 1890 by Leoncio Arziu. Over the years, the Vargas family joined him in his venture, and today, it is operated by fourth-generation winemakers of these two families.
The fruit for this wine comes from the family’s farm, Finca la Linda, which means “the beauty.” The farm is cultivated at soaring altitudes of over 3,000 feet above sea level and is characterized by alluvial soils with high percentages of clay, sand, and stones. The Malbec is produced from hand-harvested fruit using carbonic maceration, a technique in which whole grapes are fermented without destemming and crushing, under an inert atmosphere (without oxygen). This fermentation does not occur by yeasts, but rather by enzymes. This technique is widely used in Beaujolais and generally produces very aromatic wines with low levels of tannins, which renders them very drinkable. Post carbonic maceration (approximately three weeks), the grapes are removed from the tank, destemmed, crushed, and traditionally fermented at low temperatures to create a light-bodied wine with high-toned aromatics. They are then aged in stainless steel tanks for 9 months until bottling with very limited sulfur addition.
This is the first time that Bodega Tierras Altas has exported to the United States, and we are so proud to represent their beautiful wine in California.