Domaine Treloar, La Terre Promise, IGP Cotes Catalanes, Pyrénées-Orientales, Occitanie, France, 2015
This wine: lot no. L30.07.16, a blend of 50% grenache gris, 40% macabeo and 10% carignan blanc, old vines, manual harvest, fermented and then aged for 6 months in oak barrel, Diam 5 agglomerate cork closure, 13.5% abv, Leon Stolarski, £16, (11/17)
Consumer tasting note: having aged 6 months in oak, this is pale golden hued, with rich aromas of waxy dessert apple, hints of warmer white stone fruit, clove, vanilla and delicately buttered oak; the palate is well-balanced acidity-wise with a pleasant grip from 6 months in oak, showing green eating apple, ripe grapefruit pith, nutty hints and even more delicately buttered sweet oak. Finishes long. Decant for an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of dessert apple, beeswax, a riper hint of white stone fruit, touch of spice, pear skin, low-key hints of clove, delicately buttered sweet oak, a passing whiff of vanilla; and after 2 hours a touch of liquorice develops. [on day 2 there is more white peach, edged with hints of richer yellow peach].
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol, full body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth velvety texture with a moderate grip, with flavours of green apple, ripe grapefruit pith, hints of even more delicately buttered oak, hint of hazelnut. A long length, a moderate grip, with a clean finish infused with apple, underpinned by delicately spicy oak, and nutty hints right on the end.
Quality: very good, well-balanced acidity with alcohol, altogether harmonious; marked intensity throughout, decent concentration; showing moderate complexity, with evidence of MLF, and time in wood and bottle, the oak being particularly deftly handled and not intrusive at all, with secondary notes of spice and oak, and tertiary beeswax and nuts respectively; follows into a sound long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for further ageing over say 2-4 years – a sound structure, with intensity, concentration and indicative length, just starting on its tertiary journey, so expect the nutty dimension to develop further.