Tannat getting some serious international attention

Garzon Tannat

Tannat in the media

We here at exclusive vines have always been fond of the big flavours, health benefits and great value of Tannat and have been extolling its virtues to whoever will listen for the last 10 or so years. As with Malbec before it is seems the international media have now started picking up on the amazing varietal.

Recently the very informative and beautiful to read website wine folly did a great piece on Tannat titled ‘Why you want to be drinking more Tannat‘ including a few mentions of one of the wineries we work with Bodega Garzon from Uruguay. From the article “Tannat, with its roots in Madiran, might just be the next Malbec. Why? Well, it has more gusto than Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tannat wines from up-and-coming Uruguay are surprisingly affordable!” Check out the full article for more.

Decanter, one of the worlds most respected wine journals, also did a piece entitled ‘Why Uruguay could be the next Jura’ 

In the article they recommend to wines by Garzon,

Bodega Garzon Single Vineyard Albariño Uruguay VCP 2016

 Owned by billionaire Alejandro Bulgheroni with Alberto Antonini as consultant winemaker, Garzon makes a brilliant range of wines that also have the benefit of worldwide distribution. This 100% Albarino has attractive fleshy ripe nectarine and apricot flavours, and clear salinity on the finish. Grown on granite soils close to the coastline in Maldonado region, it is fermented and aged in 80% cement vats, 20% oak. Only a handful of producers make Albariño in Uruguay but on this showing more should be trying. 14.5%abv.

Bodega Garzon Single Vineyard Tannat Uruguay VCP 2015

This says 100% Tannat, but I’m told they sometimes add a touch of Petit Verdot or Marselan. Whatever the blend, this was easily the slickest of the four Tannats tasted at the Cité du Vin, and offers great balance, full bodied, good grip and succulent black fruits, tobacco and dark chocolate with a fresh finish. They harvest late to ensure full ripeness of the Tannat, cropping at a healthy 40hl/h and ageing for 12 months in French oak. 14.5%abv.
Read more at http://www.decanter.com/wine-news/opinion/news-blogs-anson/uruguay-wine-new-jura-367627/#aUvQilQSh3TGR3SG.99

 

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