EL ENEMIGO Gran Enemigo El Cepillo Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2018
“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” El Enemigo, meaning ‘the enemy’, is a winery you’re going to want to keep very close and share with only the closest of friends.
Gran Enemigo El Cepillo is a blend of 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Malbec from a single vineyard in Pampa El Cepillo, located in the Uco Valley. Intensely aromatic, it’s bursting with crème de cassis, blackberry, strawberry, cherry, cigar box, green pepper, curry spice, bitter vermouth-like herbs, incense and smoked sea salt. Just a phenomenal red, and that refreshing acidity suggests that it has a long life ahead of it. When it comes to food matching, think roasts with vibrant fresh herbs.
El Enemigo is a cult Argentinian winery. It’s a partnership between soil expert Alejandro Vigil (Director of Winemaking at the iconic Bodega Catena Zapata) and Adrianna Catena (sister of the Managing Director and fourth-generation vintner at Bodega Catena Zapata, Dr Laura Catena). The idea was formed in 2009, while the two strolled back along the River Thames after a party at the Embassy of Argentina in London where Nicolás Catena Zapata – Adrianna’s father and the man who put Argentinian wine on the world map – had just been awarded Decanter Man of the Year. They decided to create a winery that respected traditions but rejected the status quo, for example employing 100-year-old Alsatian oak foudres imported directly from Italy, but also the more fashionable concrete eggs. Inspired by a mutual love of old-school Pomerol and Château Cheval Blanc, the focus was to be cool-climate, high-altitude Cabernet Franc – at this point it’s worth noting that some of their vineyards are nearly 1.5km above sea level. This was a pretty rebellious and radical concept, because all anybody wanted to talk about at the time was Malbec from Argentina. We love this kind of renegade thinking, especially when the wines taste this good.
SKU No.: 4103282
Style No.: 970660
Grapes: Cabernet Franc,Malbec
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14%