Looking for the next new world hotspot for red wine?
Look to Uruguay, which has a long history of producing grapes, but is newer to
retailing their wines than its neighbors, Chile and Argentina. The last two
decades have seen a spike in quality that pundits the world over have begun to
track with enthusiasm. Bodegas y Vinedos Alto de la Ballena in
Maldonado near the seaside resort of Punta del Este, is making some of the
best. The climate, and specifically the cool coastal breeze, is pitch
perfect for making rich and complex red wines. This is a blend of 35% Merlot, 15% Cab Franc and 50% Tannat. Tannat is the grape that is leading
the surge for Uruguayâ€™s red wine ascension. It is without a doubt becoming
Uruguayâ€™s iconic grape. In another 10 years it will be as well-known as
Argentina and Malbec. It is a robust grape that oozes character and is perfect
for anyone looking for big rich red wines.
Tasting Notes: The
wine has a lively red color and an elegant aroma of red fruits and a touch of
vanilla. In the mouth it feels soft and fresh with mature tannins that provide
roundness and equilibrium. Yet it has a delicate but lengthy finish.