Marques de Tezona Tempranillo (12pk)
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Soil: Limestone, marl, Sandstone
Age: 15-25 years
Trellis: Primarily un-trellised bush vines
Grape Variety: 95% Tempranillo, 5% Shiraz
Winemaker: Jorge Garcia Cuenca
Pack Size: 12 Bottle Pack
Summary: Marques de Tezona is named in honour of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar “El Cid” - the legendary Castili an nobleman, general and champion of central Spain. The wine is primarily sourced by the dry, high altitude plateaus of Castilla la Mancha and is made without the influence of oak as vibrant and versatile companion to richly flavoured dishes.
Winemaking: Selected hand-picked harvest. Fermentation is undertaken in stainless steel tanks for 10 days, controlled to 26° C, with daily pump- overs to achieve optimum aroma, colour and tannin extraction. Malo-lactic fermentation and maturation is in stainless steel, ensuring focus on varietal character before a light fining and filtration.
2016 Vintage: Following a very hot and dry vintage across Spain, late Autumn rains complicated an already delayed harvest. The rains performed a much needed task in refreshing the vines and ensuring the fruit maintained vibrancy but also reducing yields. La Mancha being Spain’s largest wine region, it has a myriad of climatic conditions along it’s lifted central plateaux. The old bush vines supplying the wines of Altacena performed very well in 2016 delivering aromatic ripe fruit with ripe fruit tannins enabling wines of fragrance, flavour and excellent structure.
Tasting Note: Deep brick red in colour. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of forest berries, fresh rhubarb, dried herbs and savoury spice. The palate is fruit driven and medium bodied with ripe berry fruit flavours framed by subtle brown spices and round tannins. An impressively complete and versatile wine suitable for immediate appreciation.