Malbec, Obra Prima, Mendoza, 2014

  Familia Cassone

Contains Sulphites.

About Familia Cassone

The Cassone family first arrived in Argentina from Piedmont in the 19th century. Entrepreneur Roberto Cassone started making wine in the 1950s in very small quantities and passed down his knowledge and enthusiasm for wine to his son and current owner, Eduardo Cassone. In 1998 Eduardo, together with his wife and sons, built a small winery in Mendoza with which they could fully exploit the old family vineyards. The majority of the vineyards are 90 years old and are located in the prime Drummond area of Luján de Cuyo in Southwest Mendoza, 950 metres above sea level. The wines are fermented in their high-tech winery before ageing in French oak barrels. These are wonderful wines that marry modern freshness of fruit with structure and complexity.

Appellation: Mendoza

In the far west of Argentina lies the wine growing region of Mendoza. The largest and most important wine growing region in the country, who's skyline is dominated in the west by the imposing peaks of the Andes, and whose vineyards sit, on average, between 600 and 1100m above sea level. Climatically ideally suited to wine growing with clearly defined seasons, healthy levels of rainfall and little threat to the vines. Malbec is perhaps the regions most impressive success, but quality conscious growers are now experimenting with a host of other varietals.

Grape Type: Malbec

Now little used in Bordeaux or the rest of France outside of Cahors, Malbec has found its 'home' in Argentina. Typically riper than Malbec from France, the wines from Argentina have developed a strong commercial appeal being accessible yet with a defined varietal character of black fruit, coffee and chocolate. The best Malbec has good ageing potential and is typically paired with red meats. Obra Prima Reserva from Familia Cassone, is an excellent example of Argentinean Malbec, offering complexity and richness from 100 year old vines, at a price that affirms Argentina's position as delivering excellent value for money in wine.