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Oz Clarke - Three Wine Men - shares his thoughts on the Cara Sur Criolla...

July 14, 2020

Oz Clarke - Three Wine Men - shares his thoughts on the Cara Sur Criolla...

This is a lovely bright, light-bodied red, with a bracing acidity and grape-skin chewiness to go with its unique flavour of redcurrant jelly and rosehip syrup, tamarind peel and orange pith. But this wine isn't just about what it tastes like. You're drinking history here.

The Criolla grape variety was the first one brought to Argentina nearly 500 years ago by Spanish priests so that they could make their communion wine and remind themselves of the cool, high-vaulted cathedrals they'd left behind in Spain.

Well, there's nothing of that world of wafting vestments and heady incense in this. No, this is the young red wine the thirsty soldiers would have passed round the fire in a jug and downed in great draughts, as the mighty sides of beef browned, crackled and sweetened in the flames. There's a thought for a food pairing.'