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Wine tasting #5 Milberit Parcelas Seleccionadas

This is a very unique wine from Milberit range that shocked me with its many layers of aromas and flavours during tasting

  1. Wine info

Blend of 27% Merlot, 26 % Syrah, 25% Tempranillo,  22% Cabernet Sauvignon. 12 months maturation in French and American oak barrels. 2016 vintage from Spain

2. Appearance


Medium Ruby. Surprisingly bright judging from varieties used in this blend. The brighter colour could be a result of oak aging and Merlot addition as well as wine age.

3. Smell

Very complex and evolving. At first very fruity with dominant black cherry, black berry, chocolate and toffee with a hint of jaminess. Later as the wine opens in glass more spice, wood, tobacco, licorice and smoke aromas appear.

4.Taste

At first it was a fruity, wel structured wine with medium+ tannins, clearly dry and acid enough to balance its body but not to bring out this to the taste. Red cherry and  black cherry dominated the palate until the vanilla, sour cherry and chocolate notes. Chocolate was especially intense and bold in this bottle.

5.Verdict                                                                                   9/10

I’m stunned by richness and complexity of aromas and flavours in this wine.
Although assembled in roughly equal parts from the grape varieties that I don’t like and the ones that I admire, it magically took every good characteristics from them and make an amazing wine. I rarely give dry wines a 9 mark but this one is special. Absolutely recommended ! Second bottle is cellaring to develop more complex aromas and flavours.

Pairs well with hard sheep and cow milk cheeses (Spanish Manchego), hams (Spanish Jamon), steaks, ribs, mushrooms and heavy dark sauces.

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Know your grape #2 Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a white wine grape variety that originated from Burgundy in France but now is one of the most planted varieties in the world.

It has a significantly heavier body than many other white wine grapes and is often oak aged.

The topic of Chardonnay is very vast and deep. There are many styles of this wine and simple division between oaked and unoaked is not enough.

Depending from a climate and location, the aromas can vary from a lemon, unripe pineapple, white fruits in a cooler climate (like France) to peach, ripe pineapple and honeycomb  in a warmer climate (Spain).

This grape is commonly used to produce sparkling wines like Champagne, Cava, Franciacorta.

Chardonnay is often oak aged, because wine itself tends to be quite mild, without intense flavours, so it quickly absorbs them from a wood barrel. The aromas that are present in oak aged Chardonnay are mostly vanilla and coconut. This wine often undergoes malolactic fermentation (MLF), which gives it a rich oily texture and buttery aromas. Lees aging is also very common.

This grape has one of the best food pairing capability from all the white wine grapes and personally is my favourite.

Sugested food pairings:

  • Unoaked Chardonnay – Salads, Seafood, Herbal Dishes, Light Fish
  • Oak aged Chardonnay – Chicken, Butter, Fatty Fish, White Mushrooms, Cream, Turkish bread

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