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El Esteco ‘Don David’ Tannat

£17.25 / per bottle

Tasting Notes

In terms of value for money, this wine sets the standard. Tannat is fast becoming the ‘go to’ grape variety for the North of Argentina. It is high in acidity, but needs a long ripening period, which makes it perfect for this dry and high climate. Dark fruits and jasmine on the nose, with a rich palate and soft tannin on the finish.

At a Glance

Grape

Tannat

Colour

Red

ABV

14.2

Country

Argentina

Winery

El Esteco

Winemaker

Alejandro Pepa

Year Made

2016

Cafayate, Salta

A four hour drive South from the colonial city of Salta, you will witness some of the most epic vistas of the Calchaqui valley. The town, a must – see visit if you are in Argentina, is the centre of wine-making in this beautiful province. With just 33 wineries in the region, it represents a small proportion of Argentina’s gigantic wine output, but remains important as being one of the true, terroir – specific wine regions of the world. The altitude ranges from 1700 to 1850m above sea level. Cafayate is the rightful home to Torrontes, Argentina’s own indigenous white grape varietal, but also makes world class Tannat and of course Malbec. Big, bold and intense wines, with a wild and sometimes rustic feel to them, Cafayate punches way above its weight when it comes to quality, and I must admit, I have a real soft spot for this ethereal and beautiful place.

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