Tendral Crianza 2004, Priorato, Spain Add/Read Comments
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Not bad this, not bad at all. Trying it blind it just hollas to you that this comes from Spain. Which is exactly what you want in a wine - regional typicality; even more of a requirement when made from Shiraz. OK, so there is also Grenacha and Mazuelo, in the blend too that imparts that needed Spanishness but Shiraz can be so 'international' that you find wines, although a decent enough drink, that could really come from anywhere. Not so in this example.
A superb mouth-feel and nice structure and, as I often say, is really made for food, but not, as can be the case, because of any excessive tannins or acidity. In this case the combination of balanced tannins and fruit just sing when partnered with food - roast lamb perhaps?
Overall nicely flavoured with plenty of scrummy dark black fruits, savoury hints, raspberry freshness and a dusty Spanish tang. Alcohol 13.5%
Scribblings Rating - 92/100 [4 out of 5]
Grown and then vinified at the Cellers Unió state-of-the-art winery in Poboleda under the quality-focused care of Pere Escudé, this wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks at 25°C, followed by a process of malolactic fermentation. It is then transferred to 300 litre American and French oak casks and spends one year in oak barrels before bottling.
At Besós we pride ourselves on the quality of all our wines. In our view, this is without doubt the best value Priorat wine in the UK market, a fantastic example of this beautiful and expressive region."