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Altos de Losada 2017

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6 bottle case

The grapes for this wine come from old vines (70+ years old) from a selection of ~17 vineyard sites close to the winery. Soils are predominantly Franco-clay, and sites are higher altitude and with different exposures suitable for optimum ripening of grapes. Grapes are hand-harvested with maximum vineyard selection. 

Traditional red wine production, with a short maceration to extract colour and tannin from the grapes. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks, while malolactic fermentation occurs in barrel. The wine is aged for 15 months in French oak barrels; a combination of new (25%), second-passage, and third-passage. Fining with a gelatin-based agent; bottled unfiltered. 14% alc./vol. 

Our tasting note: Deep, ruby colour. Aromas and flavours of ripe wild raspberry, cherry, and plum with notes of café mocha, pepper spice, violets, and sweet tobacco. Rich and full, fine tannins, balanced acidity, notes of minerality, and a long, silky finish. 

Menu matches:A great pairing with meat dishes, including lamb, and earthier style vegetarian options. 

Scores/Reviews:93pts James Suckling