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Tempranillo/Merlot

Tempranillo/Merlot

DO Navarra, Vega Sindoa, 2017

750 ml
CHF 11.80
Grape variety: Tempranillo, Merlot
Producer: Bodegas Vega Sindoa
Origin: Spain / Navarra
CHF 11.80
In stock
Article nr. 37015717
Grape variety: Tempranillo, Merlot
Producer: Bodegas Vega Sindoa
Origin: Spain / Navarra

Description

Cherry red colour with ruby hue. Fruity on the nose: blueberries, cranberries, gooseberries. On palate, well-integrated tannins that fill the mouth, and a nice finish. A very seductive wine thanks to the harmony between the two varietals, Tempranillo and Merlot. The overall feel of this wine is reminiscent of a Pinot Noir from Burgundy.

Attributes

Origin: Spain / Navarra
Grape variety: Tempranillo, Merlot
Maturity: 1 to 3 years
Serving temperature: 16 to 18 °C
Drinking suggestion: Grilled fish, Crispy roast chicken, Scaloppine di vitello al limone, Mild semi-hard cheese, Giant crevettes, grilled langoustines, Paella
Vinification: fermentation in steel tank
Maturation: in steel tank, in used barriques, short cultivation
Bottling: filtration
Maturation duration: 6 months
Volume: 14.0 %
Countries

Spain

Spain – Variety and perfection

“Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember...,” begins Don Quixote's odyssey.

The most famous part is definitely when Don Quixote thinks windmills are his enemy and wants to fight them – until they nearly kill him. It’s possible there was a bit too much of the La Mancha wine at play. Spanish vines fight for their survival in rugged landscapes, battling fierce drought and rough soils. But they fight well.

Regions

Navarra

Navarre: a land of many terroirs

Until 1841, Navarre was an independent kingdom with a rich wine culture. Thanks to varying soil types and equally diverse climatic influences, Navarra has an amazing array of wines. The spectrum ranges from substantial Chardonnays to drinkable rosés to red wines, where international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot often set the tone along with Tempranillo and Garnacha. Exquisite sweet wines from Moscatel grapes are also vinified here.

Producers

Bodegas Vega Sindoa

The vineyards for the Vega Sindoa wines are in the heart of Navarre, in the Valle de Nekeas, the valley where the wine lives, as the locals say. The 6th leg of the pilgrim’s path to Santiago de Compostela leads through this charming hilly landscape, where wine has been grown for centuries.

In this area, protected to the north by the Pyrenees, a wide variety of vines – Chardonnay, Viura, Moscatel, Viognier, Tempranillo, Cabernet, Merlot, Garnacha, Syrah and Malbec – enjoy superb climactic and soil conditions. The climate is shaped both by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The vineyards are situated at altitudes between 450 and 650 metres above sea level, with varying orientations and on very different soils. This wide variety of factors helps to ensure that the individual grape varieties are planted to grow in perfect harmony with their environment.

Grape varieties

Merlot

Everybody’s darling

Merlot is the most charming member of the Bordeaux family. It shines with rich colour, fragrant fullness, velvety tannins and sweet, plummy fruit. It even makes itself easy for the vintner, as it matures without issue in cool years as well. This is in contrast to the stricter Cabernet Sauvignon, which it complements as a blending partner. Its good qualities have made the Merlot famous worldwide. At over 100,000 hectares, it is the most-planted grape in France. It also covers large areas in California, Italy, Australia and recently in Eastern Europe. The only catch is that pure Merlot varieties rarely turn out well. Its charm is often associated with a lack of substance. Only the best specimens improve with maturity. They then develop complex notes of leather and truffles. This succeeds in the top wines from the Bordeaux appellation of Pomerol and those from Ticino, among others.

Tempranillo

Iberian Native

The Tempranillo is the emblem of Spain. With its juicy cherry fruit, crisp tannins, and its notes of leather and spices, it gives the Rioja its face. In the Ribera del Duero, it is known as Tinta del país. Here it turns out focused and muscular. As it has inhabited the Iberian Peninsula for centuries, it is known under countless synonyms. Across the border in Portugal, it is called Tinta Roriz, and lends colour and body to port wine. It also plays an important role in the booming wine scene of the Douro Valley. The Tempranillo owes its name to its early maturity – "temprano" in Spanish means "early". Tip: do it like they do in Spain and enjoy it with lamb.