Escorihuela Gascon Familia Gascon Tempranillo 2014
Mendoza - Argentina
$23.00(no stock available)
|Wine Maker||Escorihuela Gascon|
|Tempranillo is a grape packed with earthy flavours, plenty of rich cherry fruit, and it produces wines which are fascinating and complex while being medium bodied and easily drinkable|
|Food||Pizza, Antipasto, Taco, Fajitas|
This wine's story
Most of the wineries of the Mendoza, Argentina’s principal wine region, are relatively modern affairs, set up by the newest generation of vintners keen to take advantage of the fantastic landscape. Who could blame them? Mendoza has proven itself to be one of the New World’s great wine regions, covered in rich, fertile soils, with a blazing sun tempered by cooling mountain breezes. However, there are some wineries in Mendoza which have a genuine claim to the region’s history, and Escorihuela Gascon is one of them.
The winery was set up at the end of the 19th century, a period of excitement and growth for Argentina. It was the brainchild of Miguel Escorihuela Gascon, a simple boy from Spain, who set out across the ocean to discover a new life. The simple boy grew to be a man, and the man became a local legend - philanthropist, reliable employer for everyone in his village, and one of the key figures in the establishment of the Argentinian wine industry. While the winery was run by his large, extended family for most of the twentieth century, it was eventually taken over by pioneering winemaker Nicolas Catena, who is taking the business into the twenty-first century and making the Escorihuela Gascon brand a global icon.
The Tempranillo grape varietal is one of the true icons of Spain, and no matter where in the world it is grown, it manages to keep a bit of that passionate Spanish fire burning in its wines. It is a grape packed with earthy flavours, plenty of rich cherry fruit, and it produces wines which are fascinating and complex while being medium bodied and easily drinkable. When it comes to food pairing, Tempranillo is a very savoury wine, and as such, pairs beautifully with all kinds of rich meats. Cured meats and Spanish style hams are a perfect pairing, and it is one of the few wines which works well with pizza and mexican food like tacos and fajitas.
Tempranillo is a versatile grape. In its home of Rioja in Spain it can deliver spcied red fruits and subtle oak influences. Here in Australia the fruit becomes darker and the tannins softer. Here we present an Argentine take on this variety, from a high altitude vineyard in the Mendoza sub-region of Luyan de Cuyo, nearly 1000 metres above sea level. With only 4 months in oak, this fresh and red fruited, with gentle tannin