Monday 25 June 2018

Bêtanu 2011 15%, Bodegas Ibargüen

Very deep black red with a ruby rim tinged with a hint of brick.
Forthcoming and well developed with balsamic and toasted hints and faint traces of vanilla and coconut. There is plenty of fruit with notes of overripe blackcurrant and bramble merging with the oak giving a mature, nearly integrated feel and one of the ripeness bestowed by the Andalusian sun. There is also the faintest menthol/eucalyptus note in the background which adds a hint of freshness to a nascent bouquet.
Full, quite generous and fairly open. It is well structured with decent acidity, alcohol and ripe tannins, and those very ripe fruit notes. This is a wine which is nearing maturity and all its complexities are beginning to harmonise. It has an attractive texture and feels very natural, and the structure doesn't get in the way of the fruit. Well made.
This is the top of the range red from Ibargüen. It is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grown in chalky calcareous soils at the family vineyard at Finca Las Posadas near Villamartin, not far from the Sierra de Grazalema. The grapes are grown organically before rigorous selection and fermentation in stainless steel. The wine undergoes maolo-lactic in oak barrels and is then racked to special barrels oak with American oak staves and French oak heads where it is aged for at least 30 months. It is bottled unfiltered and then aged for a further 30 months in bottle before labelling and sale. Production is very small and the wine is only made in particularly good years.
22.85 euros, Licores Corredera

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