2016 Chateau Barrejat Tradition Tannat Madiran France
The Barrejat Tradition is a deep ruby colour, with a pink-purple rim. The brooding nose quickly opens to reveal roasted meat, dried herbs, black fruit and even chocolate. On the palate, the tannins are present but not overwhelming, ripe rather than dusty; good acidity gives the wine a fresh attack, leading into ripe black fruit. The finish balances tannin and fruit well; drinking after 2 years, it has the potential to age 5. Vinification & Aging: Madiran, Tradition: Hand-harvested, then crushed and totally destemmed; traditional vinification with a cuvaison period of 18 to 21 days. Ageing takes place in a mixture of cement, fibreglass and stainlees steel tanks, plus old oak foudres of 60 to 80 hectolitres before bottling 18 months later. Grapes: 60% Tannat, 40% Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.