Wine Tasting – Guelbenzu – Azul

 

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.

Wine Notes

Type – Red Wine

Country – Spain

Region – Ribera del Queiles

Producer – Guelbenzu ( Bodegas Guelbenzu)

Vintage – 2014

Grape(s) – Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Graciano

Appearance

A clear deep ruby colour with pronounced tears.

Nose

Clean pronounced intensity and feels developing. Primary aromas of ripe red fruits cherry and plums with sweet spice back notes.

Palate

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.

Flavour Characteristics

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

Conclusions

Quality Level – Good

Readiness for drinking – Ready to drink now

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