EL ENEMIGO Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2018
They say, “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 Gualtallary is a blend of 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Malbec from a high-density and low-yielding single vineyard in much-loved Tupungato. The vineyard is nearly a kilometre and half above sea level, and the power and intensity of the wines it produces is mesmerising. 2017 was very hot, but this shows no sign of that at all. Expect crunchy black cherry, blackcurrant, plum, blueberry, crunchy jalapeño, garden herbs, third wave coffee, salty oyster shell and an almost citrussy acidity. Only 3,000 bottles were made of this silky deliciousness, so don’t miss out.
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.: 4103284
Style No.: 970662
Grapes: Cabernet Franc,Malbec
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14%