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Atamisque Serbal, Cabernet Franc

Atamisque Serbal, Cabernet Franc

We revisit Mendoza for Cabernet Franc Day

It’s Cabernet Franc Day on the 4th of December so we thought we’d celebrate with this favourite of ours from last year.  It was delicious then but was clearly going to improve, and now it has another 18 months under its belt.
 
From some of the highest vineyards on earth comes this Argentinian red with a decidedly French accent.  This is a rare opportunity to taste a pure example of Cabernet Franc: unblended, unoaked, and unexpected this far from its home.
 
Filled with the ripe black fruits Argentina does so well, this fragrant red nevertheless has a lightness of touch, and shows off the characteristic scents of this variety: herbs, capsicums and pencil shavings.

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This wine’s unoaked, fruit-led character suits a slightly cooler serving temperature than for big reds: around 17°C.
 
With its clean fruit flavours you can happily quaff this on its own but the fine acid and tannin structure will really suit food, and its unoaked simplicity makes it compatible with most dishes.  That said, the herbal scents in this will really complement herbs in the food.
 
Pair it with herby roasts, stuffed red peppers (echoing another flavour of the wine), or stews based around well-herbed tomato sauces.  This is a great wine for barbeques (especially kebabs) or, in recognition of its South American origins, a good chilli.

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CountryArgentina
Region
AppellationTupungato - Valle de Uco
Grape
Cabernet Franc
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Year2015
Producer
Bodega Atamisque
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ABV14%

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