Telmo Rodriguez Estrada Tempranillo 2015

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney

In 2014 Telmo and Pablo finally felt the time was right to release two individual parcels as special Fincas of Lantziego. Estrada and Velado are two of the highest vineyard sites in all of Rioja, at 600+ metres altitude on the 'Atalaya' or high plateau above the village of Lantziego. Estrada and Velado face each other from a kilometre or two apart, over a small valley between their respective hilltops. They are diametrically opposite neighbours in every sense. Estrada is a cool east-facing, Atlantic-Tempranillo site, while the much more Mediterranean Velado faces west and is based on Garnacha.

La Estrada is wild cherry-and-thyme-scented with fine minerality and licorice (wild fennel). A wine of the utmost mountain purity, it has a lovely delta-round palate with a soft tannin rim giving gentle closure.
El Velado is darker, with fuller tannin, spicy and redolent of heartwood. The palate is more vertical with lovely seed ripeness and a spacious perfumey end ... like wandering in the air. SCOTT WASLEY