Lujan de Cuyo Bodega Enrique Foster
It is said that the moment Enrique Foster first tasted an Argentinian Malbec, he hopped on a plane to Mendoza with the intention of producing the best Malbec Argentina could offer with the purest expression of the grape possible. Foster bought an old vineyard in Luján de Cuyo and paired up with Mauricio Lorca, one of the stars of Argentine winemaking, to help him on his mission.
Vineyards and Winery
The vineyard in Luján de Cuyo included two parcels of vines; one that was planted in 1919, pre-phylloxera and therefore ungrafted, and another plot of younger vines planted in 1966 – old vines by European standards, even if not by the winery’s own strict definition. A few years on, with no costs spared and a brand new, gravity-flow, state-of-the-art winery later, Foster and Lorca now boast vineyards in the prestigious Valle de Uco that lies at 3,400 to 4,900 feet above sea level. The vines are carefully managed to limit production to only one or two bottles per vine, and their drip irrigation comes directly from the Andes snow melt.
Their Ique continues to be one of our best-selling and most loved wines and shows that Malbec is a grape to be taken seriously in the right place. Ique is probably the purest expression of the variety, completely unoaked, with much of the fruit from old vines, it is beautifully spiced, fresh and vibrant with hints of black cherry and wild fruits. Even better in magnum.
The last iteration of what was formerly known as Foster’s Reserva until the name had to be changed to comply with European protectionism, the Finca Castro Barros comes from very old vines (50 years plus) and spends a good year in barrel before release. Rich, intense, smoky and briary, this is gloriously expressive, combining black fruits with notes of cedar, satisfyingly complex and hugely drinkable.
We’re pleased to announce that some of their new single vineyard Malbecs will be appearing on our list later this year, watch this space …
Find their website here: http://www.grupofosterlorca.com/home.html