We’re back in big jumper season again and honestly, I’m thrilled. Much as I love the feel of sun on skin give me a polo neck, roaring fire and a glass of red any day. Or rather, evening. And when it comes to what’s in my glass I want something properly interesting and delicious. Step forward Cabernet Franc. Originally from France, this grape is a bit like Cabernet Sauvignon but generally lighter-bodied in style and often with a glorious peppery kick. It’s all the rage on the trendiest wine lists given its food-friendly credentials and, thanks to a couple of my favourite Argentinian brands, I’ve got a case of 12 bottles for one of you to enjoy at home. We’ve got two different wines in the case, the gorgeous DV Catena Cabernet Franc Historico and the juicy (and organic) Artesano de Argento Malbec/Cabernet Franc blend. See this week’s reviews below for more details on the wines and if you want to enter just leave a comment on the blog (or KMWC Facebook page or Instagram). We’ll pick a winner next week. Something to look forward to, frankly.
T&Cs: UK residents only. Must be over 18 years old to enter. Competition closes on 25th October 2020 at 11.59pm. The winner will be notified by email and the prize will be sent to the winner after that date.
This post is sponsored by Catena Zapata & Bodega Argento. Visit catenawines.com for more details.
Current red in the rack: DV Catena Cabernet Franc Historico
Price: £10 - Buy From Tesco
The Catena family have been making wine in Argentina since 1902 and they’re really good at it. They make wines with altitude, pioneering the development of vineyards in higher altitude spots across the country. And this wine, made by fourth generation vintner Laura Catena and chief winemaker Alejandro Vigil, really shows off Cabernet Franc’s best side. It’s full of flavour: bold, black fruits with a touch of mint and plenty of spice (it’s been aged in oak barrels for a bit). Best sipped fireside, preferably with a plate of stew in front of you. Fantastic value at the moment too (normally £12).
Current red in the rack: Artesano de Argento Organic Malbec/Cabernet Franc
Price: £10 - Buy From Sainsbury's
Made by Bodega Argento from grapes grown in the Agrelo region in Mendoza, known for producing great Cabernet, this is a clever blend of Argentina’s star red grape Malbec and Cabernet Franc. The result is a dream, all juicy cherry and plum fruit flavours with tannins as soft as velvet slippers. Even better, it’s made from organically grown grapes. What a gem.