Bodega Cecchin Graciana 2010


Winemaker(s): Carlos Fernandez Vega ABV: 13.5%
Origin: Ugarteche, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina Closure: Cork
Grapes: 100% Graciano Size: 75cl
Life Span: Drink by the end of 2015


Argentine wine has become synonymous with Malbec, a red grape that all but vanished in its southern French homeland as a result of the phylloxera outbreak in the 19th century, but Argentina is now Malbec’s adopted homeland.    However it’s not all about Malbec in Argentina. Bonarda was the country’s most capped red grape and the likes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are increasingly picked to give Argentinian wines a more international appeal; not forgetting  Pinot Noir!

Our Bodega Cecchin plays things a bit differently. Firstly, their wines are completely organic. They produce great wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Malbec, though what sets them apart are wines from more unusual Argentinian varieties such as Muscat of Alexandria, Carignan and Graciano.   This organic red wine is made from the latter, except in Argentina they have it on the team sheet as Graciana. It is a deeply coloured, aromatic, and very low-yielding grape variety born in Spain, now transferred to Argentina.
It has real potential for making high quality red wines.  Cecchin’s Graciana comes from vineyards in Ugarteche, a small area in Lujan de Cuyo. It is characterised by well-drained clay & stony soils, high altitudes as Graciana needs to have the sun on his back, and wide diurnal ranges (differences in temperature between day and night). These are great growing conditions for Graciano, which is drought resistant, likes clay soils and cooler climes.

Flavours: Masses of tingly, warming spice and rich raspberries with soft tannins
Team up with: Sausage stews and barbecued meats.
Home ground : Ugarteche, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina. 100% Graciano