Monday, 30 January 2017
Tintilla 2013 14.5%, Bodegas Luis Pérez
Dense opaque black cherry red tight to the rim where there is a hint of tawny, legs.
Full and forthcoming, with lots of red plum and black cherry in a perfect state of ripeness with traces of spice from the oak. There is a great balance between fruit and oak and a certain sapidity which imbues the wine with freshness. This looks good.
Quite full bodied with sapid black cherry bite, well structured and firm yet not tannic, clean and fresh despite a reasonable amount of extract. Clean, tight and tasty. The wine has real character with a certain minerality which may come from the albariza soil. Good length.
This excellent Vino de la Tierra de Cádiz red is made 100% from the bodega's 3 hectares of old vine Tintilla de Rota grapes grown in the Calderín del Obispo vineyard in their Finca Vista Hermosa near Jerez. Yields are kept low, and the grapes are hand picked at night and selected both in the vineyard and the bodega being de-stemmed before a pre-fermentation cold soak at 5ᴼC. Fermentation temperatures are varied between 15ᴼ and 28ᴼ and the process lasts about 20 days. The wine is aged for about 6 months in 1 year old French oak barrels and a further year in 4-5 year old French oak barrels and bottled without filtration. Only about 4,000 bottles were produced. The philosophy of Bodegas Luis Pérez is to recuperate the local grape varieties of Cádiz and to produce wines with minimum interference and allow them to speak for themselves, and the results are proving excellent, especially with Tintilla, which is so well acclimatised. A grape to watch out for.
Price16 euros from Licores Corredera