Bodegas Bouza “A6” Tannat
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Sourced from Melilla, the relatively cool-climate vineyard that surrounds the winery.
- Vineyard rows in Melilla are uniquely topped with two feet of pink granite from a local quarry to collect and radiate additional heat for their grapes.
- This bottling showcases the savory/smoky/earthy side of Tannat, in comparison to its cousin, their “B6” bottling, which tends to offer more purple fruit tones.
Varietal Composition: 100% A6 Tannat
Elaboration: Manual selection of the grapes. Temperature-controlled fermentation at 79ºF, with 2 pump overs and 1 pigeage a day. Total maceration 12 days. 17 months in new French and American oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Intense-purple color. Plum raisins aroma, quince marmalade and toasted notes. Balanced mouth, with big volume and smooth tannins. Long finish.
2016 – 93 Wine Enthusiast
Juan and Elisa established Bodega Bouza in 2000 by restoring a historic winery first built in 1942 by Numa Pesquera. Since then the winery has established itself as Uruguay’s most critically acclaimed producer. Grapes are sourced from Bouza’s two estate vineyards in the Canelones region. The 5 hectare Melilla Vineyard surrounds Bodega Bouza, located in the northwest section of Montevideo. The 12 hectare Las Violetas Vineyard is 39 km north of Montevideo in the Violetas subregion of Canelones. This temperate, Atlantic-influenced climate sees four distinct seasons and temperatures rarely exceed 93 degrees. Each half hectare is vinified on its own before selection for various cuvées. While Bouza is receiving worldwide attention for their Tannat bottlings, the winery is also responsible some of the most interesting Tempranillo, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Albariño in South America.