We drank this wine at a recent visit to The Port House (The Port House, Strand) in London – an amazing intimate Tapas Restaurant in London, which also has a phenomenal array of Sherries, Ports (more of that to come later!) and Wines.
This wine was the perfect match to our meal which was a wide array of fried plates, rich meats, cheeses and tomato based dishes typical of Tapas. It really did work well across the board.
Type – Red Wine
Country – Spain
Region – Ribera del Queiles
Producer – Guelbenzu ( Bodegas Guelbenzu)
Vintage – 2014
Grape(s) – Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Graciano
A clear deep ruby colour with pronounced tears.
Clean pronounced intensity and feels developing. Primary aromas of ripe red fruits cherry and plums with sweet spice back notes.
Sweetness – Dry
Acidity – Medium Acidity
Tannin – Medium Tannins and well integrated
Alcohol – 14.5% but very well balanced
Body – Full body, great backbone and structure, and silky rich mouthfeel.
(Somebody described and unctuous and I wouldn’t disagree!)
Flavour Intensity – Pronounced Flavour Intensity.
Overt primary flavours of red fruits, cherries and plums and hints of blackberry.
The blend is aged in American and French oak barrels for 9 months, which adds secondary toasty oak flavours with Vanilla and Chocolate.
Finish – Long
Quality Level – Good
Readiness for drinking – Ready to drink now