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Friday 29 April 2011

Summit Estate Alto The Spanish Collection 2008

A wine born in Spain, of Granite Belt fruit from an Argentinean winemaker.  Paola Cabezas-Rhymer is not your typical Stanthorpe resident, check out her naked self on the Summit Estate home page for a start.  

Yet with over a dozen vintages in a decade including time with French winemaker Jacques Lurton under her belt, it was the Summit Estate 2008 wines that had none other than James Halliday saying ""Made me sit up and take notice in no uncertain fashion". 

A blend of Monastrell (Mataro), Garnacha (Grenache), Shyra (Catalan for Shiraz; James Halliday calls it as Austrian for the same), Tempranillo, Cabernet and Tannat.  The component parts are all there.  Black fruits, sour cherry - quite a brooding savoury nose; a touch of tar even.

Yet its the mellifluous body that had me in raptures.  It's balanced, smooth, medium bodied.  A meld of savoury with fruit presence.  Smooth fine tannins, a touch of good acid in harmony and good driving length.  Enjoy this blend for the fusion of the Varietals.

Source: Retail, Stewart's The Barracks
Price: $29.99
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap

[Edited at 11:16 on the 16/11/2011 to show that it also contains some Tannat]


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