Colonia Las Liebres Mendoza Bonarda 2013

£7.99

TASTING NOTE 

This opaque ruby wine has aromas of freshly picked black cherries, raspberry, plum, rose and yellow flowers, with hints of mint, dried herbs and underbrush. The palate has a rich round mouthfeel and is accompanied by red and black fruit, dark chocolate and subtle toast. Not powerful, but well-ripened, this wine provides a well-balanced and delicate finish.

This wine is entirely made from high-trellised vineyards over 800m in elevation, which gives a fruit forward character. All the vineyards in Medrano and Carrizal de Abajo, Mendoza have been selected for their soil and impeccable drainage, which avoids excess vigour and green characteristics. The vineyards are made up of 100% alluvial soil, which are formed from old river beds and have consistent layering and very good quality profiles. Yields are ten tonnes per hectare.

The lack of spring rains and the absence of extensive frosts allowed a very good blooming of the vines, while hail damages – a constant threat for high altitude vineyards – were negligible. The 2013 growing season was uneven, starting with high temperatures and becoming cooler later on. The heat came back before the beginning of the harvest, but then a cold wave hit Mendoza at the middle of March, resulting in a slow maturation. The grapes showed admirable levels of acidity, lower alcohol content than 2012 and fine tannins at the time of harvest.

The wine was vinified in 300 hectolitre stainless steel tanks with temperature control for a duration of ten days from crushing to pressing, with daily rack and return for a gentle extraction of the precious berry aromas. The wine went through malolactic fermentation in stainless steel and received no oak treatment in order to preserve freshness and to represent a pure expression of the Bonarda grape.

14% abv

 

 

 

 

 

2009 Bonarda Receives 89 Points from Wine Enthusiast
09 Bonarda Receives 87 Pts from Wine Spectator

"Soft, ripe and friendly, with tasty plum and blackberry fruit melded with sweet, dark toast. Drink now."  - JM

Issue: Apr 30, 2011

Colonia Las Liebres Mendoza Bonarda 2013
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