Argentina Wines … Familia Cecchin

In Argentina …They play rugby and they make wine. Or is it the other way round?

The nice thing about this trio of red varietals from Bodega Cecchin in Mendoza is that they possess a tasty angularity that is sometimes absent from other wines in this country. Strict adherence to organic methods in the vineyard is not undermined by larding on the oak; the intention here is to represent the terroir and capture the essence of the fruit. The Carignan, a grape variety we associate more readily with the Languedoc-Roussillon is tasty with notes of earth and leather underneath the blueberry fruit. The Cabernet Sauvignon is sinewy and peppery with flavours of dried herbs. The Malbec, a grape that Argentina has successfully appropriated, is made without the addition of sulphur and contrasts to the lavish, extractive, chocolate-cakey numbers that most wineries seem to churn out. Here one notices the acidity of the grape along with savoury red fruits and liquorice.

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