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Producer: Finca QuaraGrape Varieties: 100% Cabernet SauvignonOptimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Complex curranty redAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: CorkCountry: Argentina
The Lavaque family arrived in Argentina in 1886 and Felix Fortunato Lavaque travelled to Cafayate, Salta (Northern Argentina) in search of land to plant vines. He saw great potential in the natural resources available and so within this high altitude oasis he purchased land and vineyards. Felix was the first to plant noble varieties which at that time were called "French" and composed of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat. Today these same emblematic varieties remain an important part of the Lavaque portfolio and the family has worked hard in the region to develop not only the wines but also to ensure that it is a thriving community.The Finca Quara winery and vineyards are over 1800 metres above sea level, which imparts great character in the wines. It is a valley surrounded by mountains, with cool nights and warm days and just enough rain to almost stress the vines, which combine to provide grapes that are rich in flavours.To further enhance these excellent conditions they add the work of a great team of winemakers consisting of Luis Mounier, Pancho Lavaque and Marcelo Peleritti. The results are elegant wines with personality which always respect what the terroir provides.
The nose shows notes of blackcurrant, mint and deep plums. The palate is classically full bodied with firm tannins and bright acidity. Toastier oak characters start to show alongside the green pepper, capsicum and cassis flavours. Big, rich and intense.
After hand picking the fruit undergoes a cold maceration for 3 to 4 days. Fermentation with selected yeasts at controlled temperatures between 24° and 26°C with twice daily remontages and one delestage. Total maceration is for 3 weeks and includes 100% malolactic fermentation. The wine is then rested in oak barrels (50% French, 50% American) for 8 months at a controlled temperature between 15° and 18°C.
Awards & Recognition
88 points, Tim Atkin 2015.
Food Pairing: Serve with game pie and seasonal vegetables.
Producer: Felix Lavaque
Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Cafayate Valley, Salta
Altitude: 1,800 metres above sea level
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