La Bascula ‘The Gauntlet’ Yecla Monastrell 2008

Mourvedre from Spain
Review Date : 03-Sep-2013
93% Monastrell and 7% Syrah from 50 y.o.‘ungrafted bush vines from La Ceja’ vineyard in Yecla, given a cold soak and fermented to 15.21% alc., the wine aged 12 months in American oak barrels. Made at Senorio de Barahonda. Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with some youthful purple hues. The nose is elegantly proportioned in the claret-style, with firmly concentrated aromas of black berried fruits, minerals and iron-earth notes. Complexing funky nuances and oak fragrance add detail to the bouquet. Full-bodied, the flavours of aromatic black fruits, spices and minerals unfold in ethereal waves. Game meat, spices, oak cedar and lead-pencil nuances add complexing interest. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained tannin structure with underlying acidity that carries the wine to a long, linear finish with concentrated and firmly bound black fruit and mineral elements. This is a full-bodied, classically proportioned Yecla Monastrell with black, minerally fruits and a fine-textured palate. Serve with roast beef and lamb dishes, or hard cheeses over the next 6-8- years. 18.5/20 Sep 2013 RRP $33.99

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