Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Vina Temprana Old Vines Tempranillo Joven* Campo de Borja Denominacione de Origen 2009 85 points

Vina Temprana Old Vines Tempranillo Joven* Campo de Borja Denominacione de Origen 2009 85 points

Made by Bodegas Aragonesas SA Fuendejalon from over 40 years old Tempranillo vines and available at Checkers Hyper Sandton City at an unbelievable price of R 24.99 per bottle!

Clear, bright, ruby red with purple rim, medium plus concentration, medium viscosity, no evidence of gas or sediment.

Clean with medium plus intensity of ripe plums, dark cherries, fragrant dried strawberry petal and almonds, complex earthy note, delicately wooded, most probably large old barrels.

Dry, medium acidity, low plus tannin, medium alcohol (13.5 ABV) with concentrated and juicy new flavours of bright plum fruit and just ripe cherries and lingering fresh cherry pip note, touch sappy might suggest some whole bunch included in the fermentation.

This is a fantastic value Old Vines Tempranillo, true to it’s origin and certainly over delivers on price, cause wait a second, if Spain can send a perfectly made wine at R 24.99 retail, South African producers better watch out, especially with the last 2 years tendency to increase price, with no apparent justification.

It is seal with crews cap, could you believe it, even Spain going the screw cap way!

*Joven = Spanish for young

About Campo de Borja

Promising wine area surrounding the town of Borja in the Aragon region, one of Spain 17 autonomous region, North East of Spain, known for producing full bodied red wines, sharing the Ebro river with it’s illustrious neighbour in the North West, Rioja.

Modern winemaking, technology and huge investment since late 90’s, have revolutionized the style.

Bravo to Checkers Hyper Sandton City, to have brought this wine into the country.

Served at 14 degrees Celsius with toast and French style Saucisson / Salami from Feinschmecker finest quality Charcuterie, without a doubt South Africa finest cold meats specialist