Monday, 15 July 2019

Cobijado 2015 14%, Barbadillo/Carvajal

Opaque rim with fairly tight young deep ruby red rim with purple traces.
Full, open and and ripe as you´d expect from a hot place and with with distinct and fairly tangy and very fresh black fruit aromas and a faint balsamic trace. It is still just a little bit closed still but you can see much of its effusiveness already with Cabernet and Syrah to the fore perhaps and the others also noticeable as they start forming the bouquet.
Full bodied, tight yet generous and smooth with lots of texture and a good refreshing acidity and a fine minerality. The tannin level is well controlled and offers structure and firmness rather than bitterness and it just oozes character. Naturally there is a trace of salinity and chalkiness being from Cádiz, and that only adds to its character which will develop well over the coming years.
This excellent red Vino de la Tierra Cádiz is a coupage or blend of grapes grown in Barbadillo´s vineyards in Santa Luíca and Gibalbín. For some years now Jaime Carvajal has had an agreement with Barbadillo to select wines to create his own high quality blend to really show that Cádiz is more than capable of producing fine red wine. It has been very successful and production has more than doubled since the first release in 2014 to 18,660 bottles. This 2015 vintage is a blend of Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Cabernet, Merlot and Tintilla fermented in stainless steel tanks. It is aged for 14 months in a mix of 225 litre French and American oak barrels and further aged for eight months in numbered bottles before release. The word "cobijado" means shelter, or in Vejer de la Frontera, where Jaime Carvajal´s mother came from, it is a traditional poncho-like garment. A new Cobijado Primeur version has been launched recently.
15 euros, Licores Corredera


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