La Bascula ‘The Charge’ Rioja Tempranillo/Garnacha 2010

Tempranillo from Spain
Review Date : 03-Sep-2013
‘The Charge evokes’ the criss-crossing of Rioja by Romans, medieval knights and pilgrims. Approximately 75% Tempranillo and 25% Garnacha, with a small amount of Graciano from four sites, fermented to 14.22% alc., the wine aged 9 months in French and American oak. Made at Bodegas Ramon Bilbao. Very dark, near impenetrable black-red with purple hues. This has a full, voluminous, fruity bouquet of intense aromas of ripe red berry fruits infused with vanilla-like oak aromas and earth, unfolding to reveal nuances of ripe raspberries and oak resins. This is classical Rioja on nose. Medium-full bodied, rich, luscious fruit flavours of sweet red berry fruit, raspberries entwined with vanilla are harmoniously integrated with oak spices, plums and liquorice. The fruit is juicy and enlivened by fresh acidity, and the mouthfeel soft and supple with moderate tannin extraction providing balanced, underlying structure. The palate follows a fine-grained tannin line to a very long and sustained, dry finish. This is a wonderfully rich and plush, sweet-fruited Rioja with supple mouthfeel and good oak interest. Match with pasta, barbecued food and red meat dishes over the next 4-5 years. 18.5/20 Sep 2013 RRP $21.99

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