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New World: Cabernet Franc

2016 Gold: 3 Silver: 4 Bronze: 1 Commended: 3
2015 Gold: 3 Silver: 7 Bronze: 2 Commended: 3

Cabernet Franc was one of the New World’s best categories last year – a real surprise star that appeared out of nowhere and wowed everybody who tried it. And happily the variety proved that this was no mere one-off, with a good performance once again in 2016. Cab Franc’s natural leafy lift seems to work well with slightly sunnier New World weather – more ripeness than Loire versions, but never heavy and over-concentrated.

Where last year we had medal winners from across the New World, this year, for some reason, they were all from South America. Not that our tasters were complaining. Sure, they might need a bit of a hand-sell, but nobody would complain about being talked into a glass of these.


‘After this tasting I really want to look some of these out. They would need a hand sell, but it would be good to have something different. That Cabernet Franc character really stands on its own.’ Sue Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

‘We had some wines that were different from what we expected, but generally there were all ripe and balanced with good complexity – and the price was good, too.’ Marco Marcuzzo, Skylon

‘Cabernet Franc always needs a sommelier’s help. You have to match a specific wine to a specific food. There’s more fruit and balance in these wines than those from the Loire, though, so it’s generally easier to match.’ Giuseppe Longobardi, The Cross at Kenilworth

‘I was really pleased with the pricing of these. There was a lot of good value for money. I’d put a few of these on by the glass, though they would still need help from the sommelier.’ Ed Verrill, Vinoteca King’s Cross

“We don’t have any single varietal Cabernet Franc on our own list, but this line-up made me rethink.” Sue Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

Award winners

Found 11 wines

New World: Cabernet Franc

Trapiche, Estacion 1833, Cabernet Franc 2013, Mendoza, Argentina

Gold medal winner

'Great value and food friendly,' said team leader Annette Scarfe MW, illustrating how Trapiche won one of its three red 2016 Golds, continuing: 'Lovely Cab Franc nose, complete with pencil shavings, and fresh acidity.' 'Red fruits and some darker fruits with roasted aromas on the nose, plus a chocolate richness alongside a ripe tannin balance and good finish,' said Marco Marcuzzo of Skylon.

£9.06 Enotria&Coe

Salentein, Numina, Cabernet Franc 2013, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Gold medal winner

A great wine with serious red meat and game-matching potential. Fifteen Cornwall's Elly Owen said: 'Generous on the palate with cedar and black cherry on the finish,' while Marco Marcuzzo of Skylon found the 'pepper and black cherry aromas' very appealing, equally enjoying the 'ripe, jammy cherry fruits, integrated oak and chocolatey finish' on the palate. 'There's a richness of mixed berries and great balance of freshness,' added Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn.

£18.24 Matthew Clark

Valle Secreto, Private, Cabernet Franc 2013, Cachapoal Valley, Chile

Gold medal winner

The deft use of oak on this ambitious wine gives Valle Secreto a worthy Gold Lister. Team leader Sam Caporn MW commented on the 'very attractive nose of basil, mint and black fruit compote with notes of vanilla', while JKS Restaurant's Sunaina Sethi said: 'This is silky smooth, with ripe deep fruits, a hint of sweet spice and a nice length. It will be versatile with a lot of dishes.'

£13.90 EWGA

Chilcas, Single Vineyard, Cabernet Franc 2013, Maule Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross at Kenilworth found 'peppery, leafy aromas with hints of cardamom' on the nose, followed by 'jammy notes and spice on the palate', while team leader Sam Caporn MW enjoyed its 'exuberant nose of mint and eucalyptus'.

£10.78 VIA Wines

Humberto Canale, Selección de Familia, Cabernet Franc 2013, Patagonia, Argentina

Silver medal winner

'Showing some signs of browning, this is austere and dry, but has good balance,' began Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, continuing: 'Oaky, but has a green, minty freshness with a meady richness. Good value.'

£13.03 Enotria&Coe

Matias Riccitelli, Vineyard Selection, Cabernet Franc 2012, Mendoza, Argentina

Silver medal winner

'Confit fruit aromas with black spices, cherry compote on the palate and a peppery finish Long, with a spirity aftertaste,' said Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross at Kenilworth, with Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn adding: 'Great integration, softness, depth and richness.'

£18.63 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Luis Felipe Edwards, 360° Series, Cabernet Franc 2014, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

'Blackcurrants!' exclaimed Ed Verrill of Vinoteca King's Cross, continuing: 'Juicy on the nose with a touch of leafy mint. Fruity and rounded on the palate with crunchy tannins and a pleasing finish.' 'Very good, nicely textured tannins and good length,' agreed team leader Sam Caporn MW.

£10.35 LFE Wine Group

Atamisque, Serbal, Cabernet Franc 2014, Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina

Bronze medal winner

'Smoky, bilberry fruit with soft cassis and vanillla on the palate,' began Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, with Ed Verrill of Vinoteca King's Cross adding: 'Rich, dark berry on the nose, with the fruit coming through on the front palate.'

£10.07 Matthew Clark

Argento, Reserva, Cabernet Franc 2014, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

Garage Wine Co, Lot #50, Pirque Vineyard, Cabernet Franc 2013, Maipo Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£14.61 Bibendum

Valdivieso , Single Valley Lot, Cabernet Franc 2011, Lontué Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

£11.23 Bibendum


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