First alerted to this by a friend on Twitter whilst he was stocking up at his local Majestic store, although he hadn’t tasted it he thought I might like it. Was he right? well, a resounding yes from me.
Another bonus was the fact that it features a new grape for me Prieto Picudo from the northern Spanish region of Castilla y León which has been blended with Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) and Garnacha.
Be warned though, if you’re not into tannic wines this may well dry the inside of your mouth for a week. Dark and brooding in the glass aromas of black cherries. a touch of smoke and dried herbs.
On first taste the juicy dark cherries burst in your mouth quickly followed by the tannins which douse the juiciness a bit. Oak is prominent and a smokiness (bonfire ash) give this wine a real edge while still being rather drinkable as long as it’s with food, this is definitely a food wine and not a wine for the faint-hearted.
Left in the glass for a while it did mellow slightly and I kept a little back to see if it softens a bit the next day, I will add a comment on the bottom of this post after tasting it again.
My Rating 8/10 Corks Majestic £6.66 on Multi Buy
** Update** Second day the tannins had softened a little, still noticeably tannic but the cherry flavour and acidity coming through more. Still very nice !