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Palacio de Oriente Rioja Reserva 2012

21 March,2018

paOne of the benefits of being a Master of Wine is the global network of contacts that one can call upon. Steve Bennett MW has used his contacts to create a full range of imported wines that offer excellent value as well as quality. Steve ensures the wines are authentic in character, as well as being particularly suited to the New Zealand market. Here, I review a Palacios de Oriente Rioja Reserva 2012 obtained through Bodegas Navarro Lopez. For availability, email: steve@bdwine.co.nz


Palacio de Oriente Rioja Reserva 2012

Tempranillo from Spain


Dark, deep, black-hued red colour with a little garnet-brick on the edge. The nose is softly packed with good volume of savoury dark-red berry fruit harmoniously entwined with alayering of sweet and nutty oak. This has a gentle density and depth. Medium-full bodied, the palate has juicy and lively flavours of savoury red berry fruit with sweet and sour detail, and integrated nutty oak. The flavours are up-front and relatively uncomplicated, and form a rich, rounded core with good underlying acidity, and light, fine-grained tannin extraction. The palate has good drive and the wine carries with some vitality to a light, nuanced, lingering finish. This is a harmonious, sweet-fruited Rioja Reserve with savoury red fruits, sweet and sour elements and nutty oak with gentle vitality and light grip. Serve with pasta and slow-roasted red meat dishes over the next 4 years. Tempranillo fruit fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 24 months in American oak. 17.0/20 Mar 2018 RRP $19.95

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