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Bordeaux blends, Centauri Blend 2008
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O Fournier, Centauri Red 2008

Better known for his Argentinian reds from Uco Valley, ex-Goldman Sachs banker José Manuel Ortega has purchased vineyards in the Maule Valley with century-old old bush vines of Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc. Blends are made mainy from Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Merlot. A combination of balanced older vines, poor soils and proximity to the river aids the process of aroma development, freshness and longevity. This wine is a firm, concentrated, rich red infused with spice. 17pts/20
Price: £15.30–£16.50 D Byrne & Co, South American Wines, Slurp, Winedirect
Drink: 2012–2019
Alc: 14.6%