Published on November 5th, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour


Through a bottle darkly

If you want something of a conversation piece to intrigue friends, Le Argille Cabernet di Cabernet is the red wine for you. Not only is it a hefty 15% abv, it comes in a bottle covered in a layer of concrete topped with a wax cap and finished off with a leather label.

Originating from Treviso, Italy, in vineyards surrounded by the river Sile, this strong, serious and unique wine is aged for two years in concrete barrels – hence the bottle. This method allows the winemakers to produce an immaculate wine free from oak interference, so that the flavour comes entirely from the grapes.

An intense ruby red colour with garnet highlights, aromas of blueberry, blackberry and wild strawberries lead onto hints of plum, black cherries and vanilla with light nuances of tobacco, dark chocolate and green pepper. 

A multi award winner, its grape content is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Cabernet Franc and is excellent with strong meats like game and venison, meat stews and herby cheeses. It is also very good with fruit jam and desserts, particularly jam tarts and pastries. And try it with dark liquorice-flavoured chocolate. After all that, it comes in a stylish presentation box.

Available (£32.99) from The Pip Stop, Lanchester Road, Maiden Law, County Durham DH7 0QS.

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