|Wine||Verum Cabernet Franc Reserva|
|Winery||VERUM by Verum|
|Winemaker||Elías López Montero|
|D.O/Zone||Alto Valle del Río Negro|
|Grape||95% Cabernet Franc 5% Malbec|
|Rates & awards||92 Pts. James Suckling 2019|
|Bottle volume||75 cl.|
|Total production||1.200 bottles|
- intense cherry red colour with a garnet-colored rim.
- Black fruit (Cassis), spices (cloves and black pepper). Undergrowth, mineral. Everything in balance, like a good perfume. Earthy hints, subtle toast and caramel.
- A wine that asks you to drink. Memories of black fruit, roasted red pepper and incense. Round, with a polished and noble tannin, great persistence and elegance, leaving a silky sensation in the mouth.
|Best drinking||10 years|
Vineyard & Winemaking
|Vineyard||Gral. Fernández Oro|
|Vineyard description||This vineyard is located in the south of the estate and remains shaded most of the day as it is next to the classic lines of poplars that protects the fields from the strong wind in Patagonia. This provides slow maturing conditions, preserving greater acidity.|
|Climate||Cold winters, dry summers with wide thermal amplitude. Intense and frequent winds, low annual precipitation and low humidity.|
|Winemaking||Pre-fermentative maceration for 5 days. Low temperature fermentation (26-27ºC) and maceration with the skins for 20 days. Maceration time: 20 days.|
|Aging||30% age in new French oak and 70% in French oak of 2nd use for 18 months.|
Elías López Montero
Member of a family linked to the wine business since 1788, Elías began his professional career in 2001, working for Vinícola de Tomelloso, Altosa and Aalto in Ribera del Duero before moving to Bergkelder in South Africa.
In 2005, Elías assumed the Technical Management of the family proyect Bodegas Verum in Tomelloso. Verum meant a change of philosophy in the wineries of Castilla La Mancha.
In 2016, with the collaboration of winemaker Hans Vinding-Diers, Elías begins to make wine in Patagonia Argentina, finally taking over the technical management of the entire project in 2019. Elías has been named one of the 10 winemakers called to change wine in Spain by Decanter.
Elías seek to elaborate wines that are capable of transmitting their origin. He is convinced that it is in the vineyard where wine is made. He is committed to varietal excellence, to show the essence of the land and its character. He seeks to make wines of great elegance, purity and balance. He likes challenges, respecting the characteristics of the area, with the minimum possible intervention to produce great wines. He believes in respect for the land and defends sustainability in the vineyard and in the winery, doing an increasingly meticulous work of respect for the terroir and seeking to be a reference in quality wines.
VERUM by Verum
With his southern hemisphere winemaking experience (South Africa), Elías López Montero keeps looking for new challenges. Due to climate change everyone is looking north, but thanks to Elias’ experience, he looked southward to Patagonia, the most southern wine region of the planet. There he found the right vineyard and winery to give shape to the project VERUM by Verum.
The collaboration agreement between López Montero and del Río Elorza families to give birth to VERUM by Verum project came to easily. Elías signed his first wine: MARÍA VICTORIA MALBEC 100% from the equally named state, other projects will follow after.