Quinta de Quercus ‘Single Vineyard’ Ucles 2011

Tempranillo from Spain
Review Date : 08-Jul-2014
The inaugural second wine of the Quercus Estate, a single vineyard Tempranillo, the fruit from the ‘Ocana’ and ‘Morras’ sites, from vines around 30 y.o., fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12-14 months in 300 L French and 228 L American oak barriques, 25% new. Full, very dark, black-red colour, near saturated, with a little garnet on rim. This has a full and densely packed, but proportioned bouquet of ripe, savoury, black berry and dark red plum aromas, infused with oak spices, vanilla, cedar and dusty earth. Full-bodied, deep and densely concentrated flavours of ripe black fruits intermingle with spicy oak, sweet vanilla, cedar and earthy flavours, encased by fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction. The mouthfeel has an underlying liveliness from soft, background acidity, but the structure prevails in carrying the wine to a long, lingering dry finish of cedar and earth. This is a traditionally styled, soft and densely packed Tempranillo with ripe black fruits, lifted and spicy oak and a dry, textured finish. Match with slow-cooked game meat, casseroles and hard cheeses over the next 7-10 years. 1,600 dozen made. 18.5/20 Jul 2014 RRP $33.95

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