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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Esperanza Monastrell 2010

Esperanza is a Wirra Wirra Cellar Door exclusive brand.  Over the years the winery has produced wines under the 'Sparrow's Lodge' label, typically one-off releases, a bit of a playground for the winemaking team.  They generally tend to be well received, so they've opted to create a permanent brand themed around Iberian varietals (you can get the full story here in the Bell Ringer) to satisfy.

So, to this first release and true to intent it's badged as a Monastrell.  On the nose it offers more in the meaty, charcuterie sense; typical fruit is not entirely out of the picture with kirsch accented fruit, black cherry, hanging around the back like a naughty schoolchild.  Typical dark plummy depths, spice tinged - a great introduction to the wine within.

Entry shows a wine of substance, fine-grained tannin with a Moroccan spice tinged finish concluding matters.  Good balance, length: good - personally like more in my Monastrell/ Mourvédre/ Mataro.  Yet it's a wine that grows on you, it rewards further with a little time in glass - go the albondigas.  90/ 91 - Good/ Very Good 

Source: Sample
Price: $35
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap


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