VINA PROGRESO Tannat 'Elisa's Dreams' - Canelones 2015 Bottle
Red Still Wine | Uruguay | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Full Bodied
The top wine from Viña Progreso’s limited edition Underground Collection, only 150 cases are produced. This Tannat embodies the winemaker’s thirst for experimentation and innovation. Inspired by Gabriel’s time making wine at Mas Doix in Priorat, Catalonia, the wine is fermented in open barrels exclusively with wild yeasts. Everything from de-stemming and berry selection to pigeage is done by hand. After 6 months in barrel the wine is bottled without fining or filtration. It’s a lovely monster, black and inky of course, with intense black fruit concentration on both nose and palate complemented by meaty, smoky, spicy characteristics. This is quite simply the best wine we’ve tasted from Uruguay to date. Incidentally the label is from a drawing by Gabriel’s Aunt Elisa. What a dream that must have been!
“Plush, fleshy Tannat that’s mouthfilling and dense, with balancing acidity. With four years’ age, the wine has integrated and found its equilibrium.” 90 / 100, Decanter Magazine, October 2019 (2015 vintage).
Rich red wine sauces are easy to match with a classic Bordeaux or a juicy Malbec. Malbec due to its softer tannic structure (unlike Cabernet Sauvignon for example) pairs extremely well with beef dishes served with any sauces including pepper, sage and in particular blue cheese. If you are using a peppercorn sauce, oaky or higher alcohol wines will over-exaggerate the spiciness in the mouth. Consider a ripe Côtes du Rhône or an Australian GSM blend. Bearnaise sauce will be perfect with a lighter red like Pinor Noir or Cabernet Franc and what else to pair with South American Chimichurri, if not an Argentine Malbec or a mouth filling Tannat from Uruguay such as this beauty. It will be a stunning match!