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Isabela Cabernet Franc

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GRAPE

100% Cabernet Franc

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VINTAGE

2019

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HARVEST PERIOD

End March/Beginning April

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ORIGIN

Patagonia, Argentina.

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AGE OF VINES

19 years

550 feet above sea level

LATITUDE

39.2º South

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ALTITUDE OF VINEYARD

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SOIL

Semi-desert, gray alluvial, with colluvial-alluvial sediments, limestone with good permeability and drainage, low organic matter and poor fertility.

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CLIMATE

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%.

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HARVEST METHOD

Hand picking in 18 Kg conical baskets early morning.

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SUGAR CONTENT AT HARVEST

23.8 brix

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VINTAGE CONDITIONS

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.

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GRAPE SELECTION

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.

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MACERATION

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.

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AGING

7 months in French and American oak barrels and stainless steel and then 5 months in the bottle prior to release.

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RECOMMENDED CELLARING

drink now or age up to 7 years.

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TASTING NOTES

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.

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PAIRING NOTES

Steak, lamb, chicken, pork, pastas and hard cheese.