Isabela Cabernet Franc
100% Cabernet Franc
End March/Beginning April
AGE OF VINES
550 feet above sea level
ALTITUDE OF VINEYARD
Semi-desert, gray alluvial, with colluvial-alluvial sediments, limestone with good permeability and drainage, low organic matter and poor fertility.
Temperate continental. Linear Oasis which runs through the arid Patagonian steppe, where the average annual rainfall is around 200 mm. Maximum temperature is 34ºC and minimum is 13.2ºC, with a great temperature range. Windy, with an average wind velocity of 6 mph and an average annual humidity of 56%.
Hand picking in 18 Kg conical baskets early morning.
SUGAR CONTENT AT HARVEST
Optimal conditions with low precipitation in winter assured dormancy during vegetative recess. A dry summer with medium temperatures and broad temperature range (mean 25.5ºC), assured a balanced sugar content and even ripening, thus obtaining both sugar and phenolic maturity. A slightly early harvest helped maintain fresh character as fall had normal temperatures. Tannins in seeds and skins are soft and delicate.
The grapes are hand-sorted, on a double-sided vibrating selection table, and introduced to the winery with screw pumps through a chilled tubular interchanger.
Cold maceration at 8ºC for 3 days and maceration with grape skins during alcoholic fermentation for 20 days at an average temperature of 25ºC to 27ºC.
7 months in French and American oak barrels and stainless steel and then 5 months in the bottle prior to release.
drink now or age up to 7 years.
Complex aromas highlighted with black fruit, graphite, flowers along with vanilla and mocha notes. The wine is full bodied yet fresh, mineral, round with a long finish.
Steak, lamb, chicken, pork, pastas and hard cheese.