Price:  £83.95 | Case Rate: £83.95
Ex Tax: £69.96

El Gran Enemigo - Cabernet Franc Single Vineyard Gualtallary 2014

Information

  • Country: Argentina
  • Wine Region: Mendoza
  • Wine Area: Gualtallary
  • Wine Maker: Alejandro Vigil
  • Grape: Cabernet Franc
  • Grape Percentage: 85% Cabernet France, 15% Malbec
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2022
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 95 (2011) VS: 93+ (2011) WS: 89 (2013) JS: 98 (2012) WE: 93 (2011) TA: 95 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

El Gran Enemigo SV Gualtallary shows a deep purple color with red highlights. Its aromas are intense and elegant. Cabernet Franc brings sweet spices, black pepper and light notes of eucalyptus and thyme. Malbec brings notes of ripe black fruits, blackberries and black cherries. The oak aging gives a touch of chocolate and vanilla to blend. The taste is complex, sweet impact with structured tannins, and a very long and persistent finish. This wine was made in honor of the old Pomerol style where Cabernet Franc was blended with the other Bordeaux varieties.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2011)95 pts

The 2011 El Gran Enemigo is a blend of some 65% Cabernet Franc with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 5% Malbec from Gualtallary in the Uco Valley. The result is quite Bordelais, in a Vieux Château Certan or Lafleur style that is quite spicy and fresh. The nose has lots of cracked peppercorns, a touch of raspberry leaf and then something earthy akin to graphite and pencil lead. Serious, balanced and extremely fresh on the palate, it has a ray of acidity that crosses the core of the wine and adds electricity. The tannins are very fine ant there is clear minerality. The destemmed grapes are fermented and matured in different-sized oak vats where the wine also ages for around 18 months. Very fairly priced for the quality it delivers.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2011)93+ pts

(includes 15% Malbec): Bright medium ruby. High-pitched perfume of blueberry, violet and mint. Then wonderfully ripe and dense, showing an almost grapey urgency and terrific clarity to the crushed blackberry and spice flavors. Bracing acidity gives this savory, slightly medicinal wine an almost painful intensity. Splendid, savory New World Cabernet Franc with outstanding energy and lift. These vines are planted at about 4,400 feet.

Wine Spectator (2013)89 pts

Broad and rich, with ripe dark and red fruit flavors. Beefy accents show on the finish, complemented by plenty of minerally notes. Drink now through 2019.

James Suckling (2012)98 pts

Incredible depth of aromas of black mushrooms, wet earth, and dark fruits. Full body, super silky tannins and a refined finish. It lasts for minutes on the palate. A thought-provoking wine that makes you think. Glorious. Drink now or hold for ages.

Wine Enthusiast (2011)93 pts

Editors Choice - This is the best Enemigo Cabernet Franc to date. It's pure, heady, powerful juice with integrated smoky oak and spice aromas. Pure in the mouth, this is dense and full of quality. Blackberry and chocolate flavors are ripe and modern in style, while the finish is full, leathery, a touch salty and savory.

Tim Atkin (2012)95 pts

Sourced entirely from vineyards in the cool (in both sense of the word) Uco Valley sub-region of Gualtallary, this is an outstanding blend of Malbec with 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Dense, yet chalky, it’s a multi-layered wine where the perfumed, blackberry fruit does the talking. 2016-22

Vinification Notes

Vineyards: Malbec, Gualtallary, 1470 msn Cabernet Franc, Gualtallary, Tupungato, 1400msn Petit Verdot, Gualtallary, Tupungato,1400 msn El Enemigo Malbec is fermented in both 225 liter barrels and old cement containers like those used a long time ago in Mendoza.