Cascabel ‘El Sendero’ Tempranillo 2011 (McLaren Vale, SA)
14%, Screwcap, $32
Clean or not you can see the cool edge on the nose here, with mulch and black pepper fragrance. It’s a nose that has you expecting weediness which isn’t this Tempranillo at all – it’s clearly a higher acid, less fruit-sweet wine, but the bitter tannins are excellent, with nothing tasting unripe. In fact, you’d call this a bit of a triumph given that McLaren Vale Tempranillo is not known for decent tannins and particularly not in 2011 when balance was so hard to get right.
A winner, if not a massive wine, I’d happily knock off a bottle of this.
Score: 17/20, 90/100
Would I buy it? A glass or two would be nice.
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