Mendoza is well known for making red wines, especially Malbec, but when last did you see a Cabernet Franc from Mendoza?
Jed wines is a very small company that makes exceptional wines sourced from fruit grown in Mendoza's famed Uco Valley. There is nothing new to that side of the story as many are now looking to the Uco Valley as a top rated source of Mendoza's best fruit. What makes the Jed story unique is that its founders are three Australian winemakers with extensive experience in making wines from various regions around the world. They were smitten by the Uco Valley's pristine environment and its high quality fruit and decided that they could make wines of exceptional character that rivaled any wines they had made before. They believe they have found a viticultural paradise in the Uco Valley. Their experience and passion for creating wines of great balance, coupling elegance with fruit purity, translating into well managed oak regimens, has started to play out perfectly for them in this cooler climate, high elevation region.
Total production for the Jed portfolio sits at around 5,000 cases, but the true gems are their black label, limited release wines, which are made in minute quantities. We were extremely impressed with the 2010 Jed Cabernet Franc
, which was sourced from a 37 year old vineyard. It is one of the finest 100% Cabernet Franc bottlings we have tried from anywhere. Expressive cherry and dark red berry fruit is lightly spiced and kissed with an engaging floral lift. The oak treatment is beautifully integrated, with 2 years aging, only 30 % in new French oak. The end result is a wine of impeccable balance and elegance, showcasing higher pitched fruit tones, with a supple texture and finer grained tannins on its medium fuller frame. If you like exceptional Cabernet Franc then this is a real winner. Only 300 cases of this beauty were produced so this really is quite limited.