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Altacena Manchuela Tempranillo 2016

11 August,2017
Jonty Hamer and Misha Taylor of Procure Liquor have good noses to sniff out wine bargains for their imported wine portfolio. The Altacena Tempranillo from the Spanish La Mancha region has proven to be a success and is now on its fourth vintage turnover with the new 2016 arrival. As with the majority of the imported reds in their range, it offers the true taste of the variety, gives a feeling of its provenance, and drinks well because of the fruitiness that New Zealand consumers fine easy to relate to. Here is my review of the wine.


Altacena Vino de ta Tierra de Castilla Tempranillo 2016

Tempranillo from Spain

Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and voluminous with gently packed aromas of ripe black and dark-red berry fruits along with subtle notes of black plum jam, unveiling earthy nuances. The aromatics are harmonious and integrated in expression. Medium-bodied, the palate has up-front, rich and juicy, ripe flavours of sweet dark-red and black berried fruits forming a concentrated heart. Flavours of plum jam emerge to enrichen the palate. The fruit is supported by moderate tannin extraction and structure, and integrated acidity that enables accessibility. The tannins carry the wine to a sweet, ripe, black and red fruited, gently lingering finish. This is a sweetly rich, ripe Tempranillo with flavours of dark-red and black berried fruits, with plum jam notes on a harmoniously balanced palate. Match with barbecued and roasted red meats over the next 3-4 years. A blend of 90% Tempranillo and 5% each Syrah and Garnacha from Manchuela, vines 25-35 y.o., fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 3 months in seasoned French and American oak. A component of up to 10% declassified Rioja was added to the blend. Winemaker: Javier Murua. 17.5/20 Aug 2017 RRP $19.99
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