Saturday, 26 January 2019

Miquichote Syrah Crianza 2017 14.1%, JJ Timermans

Very deep black tinged cherry red with a tight purply pink rim.
Fresh young and tangy with fairly intense black berry fruit; a lively mix of perfectly ripe black berries and black cherries with only a suggestion of Syrah´s hallmark hint of smoke and only a trace of oak, predominantly French perhaps. All this gives it a subtle and very attractive complexity.
Mid to full bodied with loads of black fruits and a refreshing acidity keeping it lively and accentuating the fruit. There is a faint background hint of salinity and just a trace of oak which gives it a more serious edge and it has a gentle tannic grip which suggests it could improve over a couple of years in bottle. Being from albariza it has a dry chalky texture and the finish is long.
Juan Jeronimo Timermans Parra is based in the important area of Trebujena where he grows these Syrah grapes among others in the south facing pago El Duque on lustrillo soils. 2017 was an excellent year with perfect growing conditions in terms of temperatures and rainfall giving very healthy grapes which were hand picked at dawn on the 11th August. The wine was fermented in tanks and aged for seven months in a mix of American and French oak barrels. Only 500 bottles were released, sealed with Diam corks, and the wine was not filtered or clarified. If only more could have been produced, this is delicious.
12 euros De Albariza

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