In 2001, Alta Vista became the first Argentine winery to produce single vineyard wines. Alta Vista developed its Terroir Management® system for wine growing and winemaking, wherein grapes grown in distinctive sites express the true characteristics of each vineyard through distinctive wines. Similar to Single Vineyard Alizarine and Serenade, Temis is aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels and an additional 6 months in bottle before release. This vineyard is sited at over 3,000 feet elevation in Valle de Uco, and the vines are over seventy years old. The soil is sandy with some silt, is very permeable and has boulders and a broken layer of limestone at a depth of 2.5 feet. Traditional irrigation is fed by water from the Andes Mountains. Temis has the coldest climate of all Alta Vista’s terroirs. Nights are quite cool and days are warm and soft, with constant breezes that help to keep the vines and grapes healthy. The grapes have a slow, gradual cycle of ripeness that is balanced and ideal. Planted in 1942, the selection massale vines are characterized by small clusters with small, compact grapes. Wine from this vineyard has an expressive bouquet of fresh fruits with floral notes, and soft, suave tannins in the mouth.

96 Points
Wine Enthusiast
2013 vintage
95 Points
Wine Advocate
2013 vintage
Harvest Note
2013 was an atypical vintage for Argentina. Vineyards did not suffer sanitary pressure of any kind. The crop volume per acre was above the average because budburst was gentle; thanks to the humidity into the soil. Zonda winds did not affect the flowering and dehydration of berries was hardly found. As a consequence, the alcohol content in wines is lower than usual (0.50 alc. / vol. in average) and acidity levels are better than usual (0.2 to 0.3 pH). Usually the intensity of aromas of flowers / fruits is over the average. The antocyans were highly extractable this year. The red wines show deep color. Generally the concentration of the wines is on the average, without excess. Entry and mid level wines are usually well fruit driven. Bleeding was necessary to concentrate high end wines. The style appears in line with 2011 and 2007. Equilibrium seems to be the master descriptor of this vintage.
Tasting Note
Deep violet color, with aromas reminiscent of fresh fruits with floral notes. In the mouth, it is round with extremely sweet tannins and great harmony between wine and wood. Long finish.
Food Pairing
Cow ribs "al asador" (traditional Argentinean style of grilling). BBQ pork ribs.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Malbec
PH: 3.64
ACIDITY: 6.29 g/l
ABV: 14.9%
Unique Selling Points
  • In 2001, Alta Vista was first winery in Argentina to produce single vineyard wines
  • Vineyard was planted in 1942
  • Yields are low: just 1 bottle per vine
  • Since 2006 vintage, Alta Vista has received no score below 91 pts. from major wine publications

About the Grape

Well-made Malbec is a dark, perfumed wine with rich, blackberry and damson plum fruit, aromas of violets and tobacco, and ripe, juicy tannins. In France, may be mineral, structured and austere.
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