For several decades, this variety, which came to Argentina with the first Spanish settlers, has been overlooked. In the past few years, however, some wineries have decided to devote energy to developing this variety’s potential. It is one of the first red grape varieties to ripen and has a large amount of tannins. It is a great red variety, but has not yet fully developed its potential in other regions of the world.
A somewhat rustic grape, it generally yields wines with good structure, color and tannins.
It ripens early and sometimes lacks the desired acidity. Some of its virtues can disappear if overproduced.
History: typical of the wines from Rioja, Spain (together with Graciana, Garnacha and Masuelo). It develops wines of great tannin, strength and an elegant fruited expression in the warm areas of Argentina.
Surface: 4,335 hectares.
Leaf: folded and quite contorted, large, opaque green and five-lobed.
Cluster: large, full and conical elongated.
Berry: blue black, medium-sized, oval with soft pulp.
Wine: of intense colour in which blueish hues predominate. It is vigorous with important tannins. Its features stand out by very mature red fruit and touches of dry figs.