Quinta de Quercus ‘Single Vineyard’ Ucles 2012

Tempranillo from Spain
Review Date : 01-Feb-2016
The second release of the 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 months in 300 L French and 228 L American oak barriques, 25% new. Dark, deep, near-impenetrable black-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. The bouquet is full and voluminous with harmoniously layered with aromas of ripe black fruits melded with oak vanilla and subtle nuances of aromatic herbs and spices. Full-bodied, the palate features mouthfilling flavours of ripe, sweet dark-red berryfruit and plums interwoven with vanilla and oak, liquorice and cedar, and notes of herbs and spices. The palate possesses fine, grainy tannin extraction and structure lending good mouthfeel, presence and grip. The acidity is integrated, lending a roundness to the core. This is solid, with weight, and the wine carries to a rich, plum, liquorice and vanilla flavoured finish. This is a fulsome, rich, ripe-fruited Tempranillo red with plummy fruit, sweet vanilla-oak layers and good structure and grip. Match with slow-cooked game meat, casseroles and semi-hard cheeses over the next 7-9 years. 18.5/20 Feb 2016 RRP $34.95

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