Sunday 20 August 2017

El Triángulo 2014 13.9%, Bodegas Luis Pérez

Dense plummy black red with purple-tinged pink at a tight rim.
Soft, fresh and just beginning to shed its most youthful fruit yet lots of brambles and plums and fresh forest berries. The grapes were obviously good and ripe and there is a hint of compote and a passing balsamic note. It invites you in, more than willingly. 
Medium to full bodied with an attractive texture and mid-weight structure with no aggressive tannins. It is very smooth and almost soft thanks to perfectly ripe fruit, though I'd imagined it would have had a touch more minerality, even acidity, but there is no shortage of character; you can easily spot mild French oak notes and the Tintilla siganature. It is dangerously easy to drink and deceptively complex.
This must be the little sister to the Luis Pérez Tintilla. It also comes from 100% Tintilla grapes, grown in the Pago Balbaina near the coast on tosca cerrada albariza soils. The vines are around 15 years old and are trained on espaldera (trellis). The grapes are harvested by hand at night and selected both in the vineyard and on arrival at the bodega. 85% of the grapes are de-stemmed, and a cold soak precedes a coolish fermentation at 22C in stainless steel tanks with regular pumping over. Malolactic fermentation takes place in used French oak barrels where it is aged for 5 months and 15 months in tank before bottling with no filtration at all. Great value and really versatile, works very well slightly chilled in summer.
9.00 euros, Guerrita

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