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2004 Marques d Elciego Reserva Rioja
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- Cellar Drink Now - 4 years (2011-2015)
- ABV 13.5%
- Closure: Cork
Tempranillo is synonymous with Tapas in its homeland of Spain, its soft tannins and gentle, elusive acidity pairing perfectly with Jamon, Chorizo and Morcilla sausages, olives and even grilled prawns for the lighter styles. In Rioja and Rubera del Duero (the epicenters of Tempranillo) grilled, roast and stewed lamb are ideal pairings for the richer examples.
So is this Australia’s next great BBQ varietal? With many of the trademarks of top Aussie Shiraz (savoury fruit, pepper, spice and an affinity for oak), yet lighter bodied and in some ways more refined, why not? Whether 'Old' or 'New World', good quality sausage, lamb chops and skewers, or the classic Sunday roast will all compliment this delightful food friendly varietal. And just as Australia does Shiraz, so Spain produces a myriad of expressions of it's own 'Noble Variety'. 'Joven' style Spanish Tempranillo's are intended to be consumed young, while the term 'Crianza' refers to aged wines. In outstanding vintages wineries make a 'Reserva' intended for extended aging. In extreme cases, such as Vega Sicilia's icon
Tempranillo 'Unico', the wine is only released when it's ready which can be as long as
25 years after vintage!
A first class Rioja that was matured in a combination of 80% French and 20% American oak for 24 months and then given a further 24 months bottle age before being released. Very deep dark red colour with dark red hue. Perfumed aromas of violets, new leather, dark cherry, cedar and spice showing good lift. Medium to full bodied with a seductively soft texture and excellent richness, the palate delivers flavours of dark cherry, black plum, cedar, leather and spice. Excellent depth and persistence with velvet smooth tannins. Long aftertaste of black cherry, cedar, leather and spice.
Drink over the next 3-4 years (2011-2015)