Monastrell, Syrah, Petit Verdot
Alc. 14.5 %
Ego Bodegas are no strangers to creating exceptional red blends. In fact, we have featured their blends many times before and that's because they continue to impress us. The 38 Barrels offering from this Spanish winery caught our attention right away and is an excellent blend of Monastrell, Syrah, and Petit Verdot. Their star variety is definitely the native Monastrell (also called Mourvèdre in France and elsewhere), which is why it's so prominently used in many of their blends. Ego Bodegas has a rigorous selection process for their grapes and pride themselves on only including the very best grown on their vines under the watchful eye of their beautiful bunker-style tasting room.
After being harvested by hand, the Ego Bodegas grapes spent 12 months in both new French and American oak barrels. The origin of the oak used is integral to the flavours created in the wine. French oak often results in more subtle flavours due to the fine grain of the wood, however its presence is still prominent enough to make a difference. American oak traditionally infuse notes of vanilla, which is often more powerful than the flavours brought in by the French oak.
Pop this fruit-forward beauty now or enjoy over the next 2-3 years! Best enjoyed at about 18 C.
Inky raspberry red with a bright rim. Dense colour that stains the glass in the swirl.
A bushel of berries - blackberry, raspberry, blueberry - and a slight jammy sweetness. Fresh toasted oak - think vanilla, pencil shavings and cigar - backed by delicate floral notes. Hints of baking spice with a savoury note lingering in the background. Very appealing nose!
Dark, plush fruit on the approach, hitting the mid palate with savoury notes and a red fruit tartness. Tannins are a little grippy with a velvety touch. The acidity is fresh and helps cut through any cloying sensation from the boisterous fruit. Slightly high alcohol (14.5%) thanks to Jumilla's warm climate) but balanced by the density of the fruit and texture of the wine.
For an appetizer, go all-in on Spain with a plate of chorizo and manchego, or for added decadence, try with roasted bone marrow served on griddled baguette. For a main course, we'd suggest simple, robust flavours - roast lamb with rosemary would highlight the savoury notes in the wine, or any red meat on the grill would let the fruit shine.
Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
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