Gauchezco Gran Corte 2012 Mendoza
This top expression is a stunning red blend from Gauchezco's best vineyard sites in Mendoza
A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petiti Verdot, the Gran Corte is the maximum expression of the Gauchezco vineyards across several valleys in Mendoza. It is a deep, attractive, intense red colour with dark tones in the glass. On the nose fruit notes of plum, cherry, and dark fruits jump out, with spices like thyme and black pepper, and more than a little liquorice. On the palate it is elegant and well structured, packed full of rich dark fruit and spice. Layers of flavour develop while in the glass with a great balance of acidity, fruit and tannin and a persistent finish making it a wine hard to forget. A full-bodied wine that matches well with steak and beef stews.
Originally founded in 1881 by the then Governor of Mendoza, Tiburcio Benegas, the very same who’s name graces one of Argentina’s most famous estates - Benegas. In fact much of the fruit used by the Benegas winery is supplied from Gauchezco’s own estate grown grapes. Gauchezco is now owned by the ever entrepreneurial American Eric Anesi and his Father. Eric moved to Argentina at the age of 27 to take over the running of the estate (which at the time was quite run down) and supervised the modernisation of the winery, whilst retaining the same locals who had always worked the land. Eric has quite literally learned his trade from the ground up, picking grapes in the vineyards with the workers who considered him crazy for doing it for ‘fun’. Eric also commited himself to speaking fluent Spanish, and has devoured any and every bit of information and practical experience he could. The locals who work in the winery are always happy to take visitors on a horseback ‘Gaucho’ tour ending with a traditional Argentinian open pit BBQ.
Gauchezco winemaker Mauricio Vegetti Lui won first place at the coveted Winemaker Sub 40 awards, which celebrates Argentina's best young winemakers.