Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Tinto García de la Jara 2017 12.5%, Hermanas García Saborido

Dense, opaque black with very tight young purple rim with a hint of ruby.
Still a little closed but lots of attractive fresh ripe slightly fleshy black berry fruit and a slightly salty coastal air. The oak is barely noticeable but its softening oxidative effect is, and there are faint spice and balsamic notes giving a moderate complexity which can only increase over time.
Full bodied with a solid structure and while there is noticeable tannin it is ripe and not at all aggressive. Gently tangy acidity is perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the ripe fruit and there is a distinct salty note which gives more of a dry feel than the tannin. Long clean finish.
The García Saborido family has worked its vineyard, only 300 metres from the beach in Sanlúcar and with sandy chalky soil, for decades and it was the younger members of the family, Carmen, Rocío and Martín who decided to make a good red wine - the first and only from Sanlúcar. The hat on the label is a homage to their grandfather who originally planted the vineyard which is farmed organically has a little orchard/vegetable patch alongside.The wine is made mostly from Petit Verdot with a hint of Tannat, Merlot, Syrah and a few old local varieties. The grapes are hand picked, selected and fermented in tank before three months ageing in used French oak. This is a classic red meat wine, delicious and interesting, but needs a year or two more in bottle to open out fully. Great value for money.
7.95 euros, De Albariza

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