Antidoto Tempranillo 2018

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
Bertrand Sourdais is a transplanted Frenchman - he grew up on a Loire Valley Chinon property, Domaine de Pallus, of which he is nowadays the owner-maker. However, as a young wine student Bertrand fell in with Ricardo Perez Palacios. On partying trips to the Palacios home in Alfaro, Rioja, Bertrand made two significant acquaintances: Olga Escudero, later to become his wife; and Alvaro Palacios who rather sooner became mentor to the young French winemaker.

Bertrand completed his training with Alvaro in Priorat, in the process driving many times from Alfaro to Gratallops, and thus past the back door of Ribera del Duero - the remote eastern sub-zone, Soria. Fascinated by the old vines of this remote, almost deserted eastern end of the appellation, Bertrand was compelled to work here and Spain has since become home. PWS

The meatier 2018 Antídoto had some resemblances with a Northern Rhône Syrah: hints of smoked bacon and flowers, juicy and plummy, ripe without excess and quite showy. It had a little less alcohol than the 2017 and felt more balanced and round. It had fine, chalky tannins and a dry, long finish. It matured in 600-liter oak barrels for nine months, which was a shorter élevage that seems to have respected the fruit. LUIS GUTIERREZ,