The last vintage made of this wonderful wine & a piece of history for wine lovers.
Gala 2 is produced from 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, 8% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot. Gala 4 is arguably one of the best Cabernet Franc blends to have come out of Argentina, made up of 95% Cabernet Franc; the remaining 5% Malbec gives the wine a more rounded mouth-feel.
The Arizu family has been making wine in Mendoza since 1901 and four generations later it is one of the few wineries in Argentina that is still owned by its founders. It is now one of Argentina’s leading estates and was actively involved in the creation of the Luján de Cuyo D.O.C, the first in Argentina.
Some of the varietals grown date back to the late 19th century when they were brought directly from Europe. They have a laissez faire approach to viticulture (thanks to Mendoza’s low humidity, pure mountain water and fresh breezes) and indeed apply biodynamic principles even though they do not hold certification.
Made with 85% cabernet sauvignon (more or less half from Gualtallary and half from Las Compuertas), this wine has a special brilliance, a light and freshness that come directly from the fruit grown high up in the mountains in Gualtallary. This detail transforms everything in this wine with pure red mountain cabernet fruit. It’s a delicious wine now, but it’s also a very good candidate for the cellar.
92/100 Tim Atkin