Monday, 15 April 2019

Vino Tinto Taberner 2014 15.5%, Huerta de Albalá

Opaque fading to a deep black plum skin red with a fairly tight rim and just a trace of brick.
Quite powerful, fairly intense yet fresh and complex, it is beginning to open with lots of red and black fruit like loganberry and bramble with slightly balsamic and faintly smoky notes and distinct slightly spicy French oak aromas. There is a certain richness and softness born of ripeness and you can really smell the texture.
Full bodied and well structured with tons of perfectly ripe almost chewy fruit and plenty of tannin which is reasonably ripe, and a good level of acidity keeping it fresh. Being from Cádiz it has a very gentle saline hint and also a dryness to the texture. This wine needs another 5 years to tame it to perfection, but it is lovely now, perhaps with a good steak. Good assertive stuff.
This excellent Vino de la Tierra de  Cádiz is made from estate grown Syrah grapes near Arcos de la Frontera. After selection they are crushed and fermented in 5,000 litre conical vats made from French Allier oak. After fermentation the wine is aged for 18 months in 225 litre medium toast Allier barrels in an ageing cellar below the beautiful chateau style bodega which is designed to operate by gravity. Syrah is very much a southern grape and produces very fine wines with considerable bottle ageing potential in the climate and soil of Cádiz, especially in the hands of the Taberner family whose first commercial vintage was 2006.
23.90, De Albariza

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