Ripe and expressive. Easy drinking. Full fruit character with smokey spice.
Tasting Notes: From Extremadura in the high Sierras of southwestern Spain this inspired blend combines the cherry and strawberry fruit character of the local Tempranillo with the spice and structure of Shiraz. Dark red in colour with a dense, brooding nose of ripe dark berries, plums and smoked spice. The palate is rich and opulently fruited with an initial burst of ripe black berried fruit. Fresh and focussed young fruit lends vigour to a mid weight palate that is supple and balanced.
The climate is mostly Mediterranean, characterised by very hot and dry summers with long, mild winters. The region is as much known for grape growing as it is for Iberian ham production with Wild Black Iberian pigs being allowed to roam freely consuming their diet of acorns which gives fantastic flavour to their meat. A number of grapes are grown in the area, including Mazuelo, Tempranillo, Borba and Sauvignon Blanc. Because of the climate, vines struggle to survive and as a result produce small, concentrated grapes with rich, intense flavours and exceptional structure. Extramadura is Spains' fourth largest wine producing area, but is relatively unknown.
Food Match : A versatile and easy drinking red that can accompany a wide variety of cold meats, pates, rice or pasta dishes and cheeses.
Grape : Tempranillo 80% Shiraz 20%
Producer : Bodegas Lopez Morenas, Vinaolivia
Country : Extremadura, Spain