Saturday, 1 June 2019

Entrechuelos Vino Tinto Premium 2012 14.5%, Miguel Domecq

Deep black cherry red fading to brick at the rim showing maturity.
Predominantly ripe fresh blackcurrant from the Cabernet with a faint smokey note from the Syrah and fleshed out by the Tempranillo and Merlot, the aromas are now well harmonised with nearly seven years of ageing having shed all their puppy fat. It is at a nice stage of development and probably at its best but will continue to give pleasure for a while yet.
Quite full bodied, textured and firmly structured with a certain grip from ripe but not excessive tannins, and it is very smooth with plenty of balancing black fruit like bramble, mulberry and black cherry. Acidity is perfect for a wine from so far south and it has excellent length.
This very fine Vino de la Tierra de Cádiz is made from Tempranillo, Merlot, Syrah and cabernet Sauvignon grapes hand picked at night in the firm´s Cortijo de Torrecera vineyard a little south east of Jerez which sits on albariza soil. Night picking and careful grape selection give maximum freshness and help control the start of fermentation which takes place in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine is racked into French oak barrels where it undergoes malolactic and ageing for 14 months before bottling. It is then stored in bottle for a further 22 months of ageing before labelling and distribution, and while it is ready to drink on release, it improves for a good few years more as this example eloquently shows.
14.30 euros, De Albariza

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