In a nutshell: Soft and rounded Argentinian Cabernet Sauvignon from the high altitude Salta region.
The lowdown: Cabernet Sauvignn is a variety that often plays second fiddle to Malbec in Argentina, but this voluptuous wine from Salta in north west Argentina is not to be overlooked. The very sunny Calchaqui Valley - which gets 300+ days of sunshine a year - is where the vineyards are located. 70% of the wine is aged in oak barrels giving the body a richness and vanilla oak character whilst primary flavours of blackberries, Morello cherry and pepper and a nice roundness of feel are contributed by the remainder aged in stainless steel. Overall it's really juicy and fresh with ripe tannins and a lengthy finish.
When to drink: Its warmth and body make it great with the likes of slow cooked stews and casseroles and also game.
Situated high up in the remote, northern Salta region of Argentina Bodega El Esteco sits in the small town of Cafayate among some of the world's highest altitude vineyards. They've been around for quite a while. The winery was first established by David Michel and Gabriela Torino in 1892. At that time it was known as La Rosa Winery, but following its acquisition by Grupo Peñaflor, one of Argentina's largest wine producers, in recent years they've been known as Bodega El Esteco. In total they have over 800 hectares of vines across the region, so are quite a substantial operation. The head winemaker is Alejando Pepa who makes good use of their extensive, modern facilities to craft their exemplary wines.