Two stressful days of work so far, but two delightful wines - so the balance sheet is a positive one on the whole!
Monday’s wine, was this Gredos Mountains Garnacha with some veal ragù:
We drank and loved the few bottles of the 2018 (I think the first vintage stocked by TWS?), and this - the 2019 - is as good, with a very similar profile. It seems a rather unique expression of the grape, with mountain freshness married to concentration of fruit and an interesting mix of flavours. Almost Pinot-like pale ruby, the nose had notes of red berries, a background smokiness, a touch of baking spice and - to my palate at least - a herbal tang not unlike a rooibos tea.
Palate was a similar mix - crunchy red fruit (mainly red berries, a bit of pomegranate maybe) with black tea notes and a lovely mixture of blood orange and spice. My notes of the 2018 describe a ‘clove studded orange’ note on the palate - which is about right for this bottle too. It’s a lovely composition, and other than a little belly-warmth it’s hard to believe it’s 14.5% - loved it!
This evening, with some sesame crusted tuna:
What to say - this is right up my Strasse.
I’m more familiar with his whites - having tried them in Germany before, but about a year ago drank a few bottles of his 2015 ‘Tschuppen’ Spätburgunder which we loved. Classic German Pinot in both cases, and ticks the ‘autumnal wine’ box with aplomb!
Very pale cerise in the glass, the nose is autumn personified - a touch of forest floor funkiness, bonfire smoke, cherries and cranberries as well as clove spice. Something there reminded me a bit of an Etna Rosso-like pumice stone smell too. It’s been a long working day, so maybe I’m imagining things.
Palate is just as good and enticing with sour cherries and wild strawberries, wrapped up in leafy savouriness and a touch of Juniper berries too. It’s poised and delicate and full of charm.
Last day of work tomorrow - then off to Bruges for some Christmas markets! Yippee!