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Castillo Viejo Catamayor Reserva Tannat 2011

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Tannat is Uruguay's signature grape and the only palindromic grape variety. This example from one of the oldest wineries in Uruguay has aromas of ripe red fruits, spicy eucalyptus and mint. It has superb stucture and balanced acidity. 

Food Matching: Perfect with meat dishes. 

Grape Variety: 100% Tannat 

Region: San Jose, Uruguay
Vineyard: Estate owned old vines
Age of the Vineyard: 5-20 years old
Time of Harvest: February/ March
Altitude: 67m   

Harvest Method: Hand picked 
Viticulture & WinemakingAlcoholic fermentation took place in small concrete vats for 7 days at 24°C.  Maceration over lees for 3-7 days and spontaneous malolactic fermentation in oak barrels. Aged 6 to 8 months in second and third use French and American oak barrels.
Oak Ageing: 100% of the wine is oaked for 6-8 months in 2nd and 3rd use French and American oak barrels.
WinemakerAlejandro Etcheverry 

Alcohol: 13% vol.
Volume: 750ml
Residual Sugar: 2.2 gr/ litre
Standard Drinks: 7.7
Best Served: 17°-18°
Cellaring:  Drink now or hold onto it for a few years and note its development.