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Producer: Tournee du SudGrape Varieties: 100% MalbecOptimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Fruity redAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: France
What a great concept - a Tour of the South of France - get out the vélo and let's join the touriste-routiers. But why be part of the peloton when you can attack from the front, and make wine which really matters and offer wine lovers liberté de choix? Hence, among the delights on offer here is a beautiful Picpoul de Pinet - the fish wine - a vivacious Grenache Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc blend and a quite beautiful and unusual Grenache/ Pinot Noir blend.
2019 marks a return to a more Mediterranean profile than the previous year. There was less rain than in 2018; the rain fell mainly in autumn and winter, with a marked absence during the summer which experienced a series of heatwaves. Managing the water levels was a key issue in the vineyards. The vines were in excellent health at harvest and the grapes reached good levels of maturity.
During the sourcing of the Tournée du Sud wines in the spring and autumn of 2014, the Malbec proved particularly elusive, with some examples proving to be too rustic for the UK. Thankfully, Beverly Tabbron MW managed to find a supplier as we approached launch date and the rest as they say is history, with each subsequent vintage being as delicious as the first.
Known as Cot in Bordeaux, the Malbec grapes were cool fermented in concrete tanks with the vinification temperatures carefully monitored. Traditional maceration lasted 15 days. 10% of the wine was aged with oak for added complexity.
This elegant, ruby coloured wine boasts richly spiced aromas, with hints of liquorice enveloped in red and black fruit flavours. It is soft and well-structured on the palate with bright fruity flavours and fine tannins that give this wine its elegant length.
A wonderful red to accompany a braised lamb shank or an entrecôte steak.
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