Salentein Numina Cabernet Franc 2013

Salentein Numina Cabernet Franc 2013

The nose displays a very good varietal expression with aromas of blackcurrant, blueberry with spiced notes such as clove and black pepper. In the mouth; it is unctuous with a gentle attack, with sweet and round tannins, a balanced, yet good acidity and a lingering finish.
Valle de Uco
Cabernet Franc
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Decanter World Wine Awards 2013

Commended (2009 Vintage)

International Wine Challenge 2012

Bronze (2009 Vintage)

International Wine Challenge

"Ripe, focused berry nose. Supple structure with cherry and vanilla fruit. Cherry, powdery tannins on finish." IWC, 2012 Bronze 

Mendoza region of Argentina

The most famous and most productive winemaking region in Argentina, Mendoza, is also one of the driest places in the world with the Andes soaring into the skyline and catching any would-be storms.

Even though Argentina had a torrid economical period in the early 2000s, its wine industry, a large proportion of which is Mendoza, has impressively continued to flourish and its reputation has improved concurrently.

Although Mendoza is incredibly dry as a region, it gets much of its irrigation from melt water off the Andes, and the channeling of this is some task but has been achieved with success.

Mendoza has a number of sub-regions; Central Mendoza, East Mendoza and perhaps the most exciting is the relative newcomer sub-region of the Uco Valley, which has been endorsed by a number of well-resourced wineries who have invested in planting in this area where nights are cool and the wines’ acidity is high.

As for varieties, Malbec is the undisputed champion variety to grow here, and so successful it has been in Mendoza that is has long overshadowed any mention of the fact that this grape originally hails from Bordeaux or even from Cahors, which is now the most famous French region producing this grape. 

Cabernet Franc

A French red varietal that can be found planted all over the world however it was originally widely planted in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley.

It is normally blended with other varietals typically Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot – a classic blend in Bordeaux – which softens the high acidity and prominent tannins usual in this wine. Cabernet Franc can be vinified on its own, most frequently found in the Loire, to make lighter, leafy reds such as Saumur de Champigny, or is used in the production of sparkling rosés. In some non-European producing regions it can be found as a single varietal but is usually used in a blend to give acidity and tannic structure to a wine.

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Salads & Vegetables
A good tapas-style dish of chorizo and spicy sausages would work well here, and grilled chicken or beef salad would also be a winner.
Fish & Seafood 
This wine is generally too heavy for fish and seafood.
Pasta & Other Sauces
Best suited to cream based sauces like a good white or cheese sauce found in dishes such as lasagne and carbonara.
Best suited to rich flavoursome meats such as duck, goose and venison but would also work well with a roasted or grilled joint of beef or lamb.
Herbs & Spices
Best matched to black pepper, chives, cloves and coriander - big flavours! We would also recommend using sage, but very much in moderation.
Spicy Foods 
A great wine to have with anything with a kick to it, such as Mexican and Indian cuisine - it can handle the lot.
Delicious with creamy blue cheeses and mature Cheddar, it also works a treat with Parmesan! 
Bottle 75cl:
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