“Blackberry, earthiness, melted tannins”
de la terre Reserve Tannat 2016 NZ
Region: Hawke's Bay
Sub-region: Te Mata Special Character Zone, Havelock North
- Tannat is the famous ‘French Paradox’ variety – tannins so concentrated they are purported by many as having cardiovascular benefits.
- A vibrant and fruit-driven style of Tannat – remarkably aromatic and vibrant for a dark and highly-structured red. Huge crimson colour and masses of rich palate structure from the tannins.
- Using micro-oxygenation to convert the natural dry tannins onto a more soft and supple form (‘melting the tannins’) and ensuring the acid does not sit above the tannins but has a support role within the tannin structure, most people who taste this wine are very surprised how tannic the wine is not.
- Approximately 30% new French/Hungarian oak.
- Un-fined and unfiltered.
- Estate bottled, hand-labelled and individually hand-numbered, 2368 bottles produced.
A huge depth of bright crimson colour. Aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry with notes of ‘earthiness’. A whack of vibrant and rich berry fruit in the attack. This transitions through a strong backbone of fine-grained tannins to a pleasant, long finish. The soft acid balance is critical to the way your palate ‘reads’ the tannins and the way the whole mouthfeel comes together.
Still very youthful and yet to start developing the secondary complexities that will take the wine to a completely new level. A huge red–fruit-driven, vibrant and highly structured.
Secret Sommelier’s Comments
Remarkable mouthfeel and surprisingly low tannins for Tannat. Typically, one of the world’s most tannic grapes, but clever winemaking has ensured a very drinkable version that is fruit driven and complex. The aromas dance between violets, damson, blackberries and earth. Black fruit prevails on the palate softening towards a fragrant wood smoke. Very deep colour, tannins are ripe and juicy. A wine that is screaming for a BBQ.
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