Domaine Treloar, One Block Grenache, AOP Cotes du Roussillon, Pyrénées-Orientales, Occitanie, France, 2014
This wine: lot no. L30.03.16, a blend of 60% grenache noir, 30% lledoner pelut and 10% carignan, old vines, manual harvest, aged in old oak for 12 months, Diam 5 agglomerate cork closure, 14% abv, Leon Stolarski, £12.50 (11/17)
Consumer tasting note: deeply ruby hued, with rich complex aromas of stewed red cherry and red plum juice, black berry and cherry, a touch of blackcurrant, lightly toasty and spicy, with black liquorice; medium bodied with slightly warming alcohol, and flavours which start a little porty with wet prune and raisin, then black cherry and currant, ripe red plum, and a hint of oak. Finishes long.
Drink now – RTD, but will keep – Wait. Decant for ~45 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [a tint quantity of soft sediment].
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of stewed red cherry, red plum juice, squashed over-ripe black berry, spicy, toast, cumin, black cherry with a lactic edge, hint of black currant, raisin, leaf humus, touch of smoke, a herbal edge, hints of beeswax and black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours a bit porty with an opening note of wet prune, then red plum juice, black cherry, an edge of black currant, raisin, sweet oak, toast. A long length, with a clean finish of red plum juice and black berry, edged with spice and sweet oak.
Quality: very good, well-balanced fresh acidity and moderate ripe tannins with (not quite high) alcohol, altogether suiting the quite strong intensity and similar concentration of rich ripe red and black fruit flavours; better than moderate complexity, with oak pretty much fully integrated, with just a frill of toast adding another dimension, showing evidence of time in oak (oak, smoke, spice, toast) and bottle (beeswax, prune, raisin, leaf humus). Finishes long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for further ageing, over say 2-4 years – a sound acid-tannin structure, well-balanced with a long length, lots of intensity and concentration, and primary fruit to evolve, already showing tertiary development, with more to come.