Thursday, 21 December 2017

Barbazul Selección Especial 2015 14%, Huerta de Albalá

Almost opaque black cherry red with black tinged ruby rim.
Lots of ripe plummy fruit with some red berries there too and an attractive hint of spice from the French oak. Quite fragrant and refined for a hot vintage and more subtle than the normal Barbazul, though there is a hint of fat there. Still, it is a very attractive nose.
Well stuctured, indeed fairly powerful and generous up front, then it calms down a little and lets the fruit and spice speak. It has lots of black fruit  and a very slight wood feel yet the tannins are remarkably  unaggressive leaving an elegant slightly spicy toasted oak and plum finish.
This is the first "reserva" from Huerta de Albalá, launched this year, and is a Vino de la Tierra de Cádiz. It is made from approximately 50% Syrah, 5%Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Tintilla, depending on the vintage; 2015 was quite a hot year with low rainfall which didn't suit the Merlot. After a manual harvest the grapes are selected and undergo the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations in French oak vats before racking into Allier French oak barrels where it ages for 6 months before the final coupage, 32,000 bottles were released, sealed with a Diam cork.
9.75 euros, Licores Corredera

No comments:

Post a Comment