Atlas Spaniard Tempranillo Mataro Grenache 2019
This red blend is a youthful ruby red with purple hues. The nose is bright and intense with aromas of morello cherry, red currant and tamarillo, and hints of aniseed and tomato leaf. The palate has hints of satsuma plum, mulberry and sweet spice supported by fine acidity and soft structural tannin. The oak influence is minimal, creating a fresh and satisfying drink.
The focus for this wine was on blending the three varieties to ensure adequate fruit expression, while allowing some of the more textural and savoury qualities of these varieties to sing, and ultimately creating something balanced, interesting and harmonious. Each variety was fermented in small open fermenters with twice daily gentle pigeage. The Mataro was given a brief cold soak before pre-ferment to encourage the extraction of fruit character over tannin. 15% of whole bunches were included with the Grenache. Wines were basket-pressed and matured for 9 months in a combination of neutral French oak puncheons and stainless steel prior to filtration and bottling in February 2021.
60% TEMPRANILLO, 25% GRENACHE, 15% MATARO