Bodegas Bouza Tannat Reserva

Bodegas Bouza Tannat Reserva

WHY WE LOVE IT

  • Grapes are sourced from three maritime influenced sites –
    • Melilla, a fairly cool climate site that surrounds the winery
    • Las Violetas, a warmer, clay driven site about 15 miles north of the winery
    • Pan de Azucar, one of the country’s premier coastal vineyards and a site that sits below the world renowned rock formation of the same name, located about an hour east of Montevideo.
  • 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.

Varietal Composition: 100% Tannat

Elaboration: Dry-farmed fruit. Hand-harvested. Gravity-flow winemaking. Aged 13 months in French and American oak. Bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Notes: Garnet-red color with petrol highlights. Very expressive in the nose with black fruits, mulberries, cassis, raisins, over an elegant smoky background. Velvety but marked tannins. Balanced and persistent final bouquet.

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PRODUCER BACKGROUND

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.

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