Let open 2 beauties this weekend that you can also enjoy by the glass if you fancy.
2014 Vuurberg Reserve Red, Stellenbosch
Blend: Petit Verdot 46% (Banghoek & Bottelary) Cabernet Sauvignon 40% (Banghoek & Bottelary) Merlot 14% (Elgin).
The grapes are picked as early as possible and rushed to the cellar where it is not crushed only destemmed, hand sorted and transferred to tank. Fermentation occurs naturally without the addition of any yeasts after a cold soak of about 3 to 5 days. As soon as fermentation starts the grapes are given soft pigeage twice daily during the first week and then once every few days just to keep the cap wet. When the desired extraction is achieved the wine gets drained and pressed in a tiny hand operated basket press and transferred into 225l french oak barrels of which 50% is new for 22 months before bottling unfined and without heavy filtration.
Still young but huge and muscular and surprisingly elegant given its depth of dark brooding fruit. An intriguing nose of wild berries, graphite and other crunchy stuff which follows through onto a palate with layers of graphite, rosemary, rocks and countless other things! The Petit Verdot complements the characteristics of the other varietals creating a wine that has lots of cassis and spicy, leather notes and a firm tannin structure with the potential to evolve beautifully over the next 10 years. After decanting the wine evolves beautifully showing notes of crushed-rock minerality amongst the restrained layered and complex fruit.
2016 Pazo Barrantes Albarino
From the iconic "Marques de Murrieta", this is a superb Albrino.
The wine is straw yellow in color, with greenish nuances, bright and well-defined. It is a voluptuous white wine with surprising bottle longevity preserving its citrus, fruity and floral fragrances of grapefruits, pears and white flowers. On the palate it reveals its elegant personality, freshness and varietal character with a pleasant and well-defined texture. All through the mouth it displays a succulent feeling, adding a certain muscular structure balanced by a smooth-as-silk acidity with a persistent and lengthy finish.