FIVE STARS 93/100 | Sam Kim Wine Orbit “Offering power and matured complexity. Harmonious, and immensely appealing.”
‘El Coraje’ means “the brave one” and captures the essence of this rich, generous, southern Spanish red. Deep in colour, it has a wide array of characters on the nose – black cherry fruit, leather, tobacco, pepper, and balsamic notes. Medium-full bodied with elegant, ripe flavours, excellent depth and fine, soft tannins. Enjoy with red meats and mature cheese.
Don Aurelio Reserva is selected from the finest stocks aged at Bodega Navarro López, a family-run winery established by Don Juan Megía Sánchez in 1904. Valdepeñas which literally means "Valley of Rocks" is located where the Jabalón River meanders through hills bordering on the plain of southern La Mancha with stony clay-lime soils. Tempranillo vines averaging 30 years old are planted at 650-820 metres in an extreme continental climate with cold winters and hot, dry summers where they produce exceptional intensity of fruit and complexity. Hand-harvested, then fermented in stainless steel for 6 days at 24C to retain fruit freshness. Aged 12 months in American and French oak, 20% of which is new.
Medium-bodied, the palate is juicy and lively with up-front flavours of savoury red berry fruit unfolding an amalgam of herbs, earth and nuts. The fruit forms an elegant core with fine, grainy tannins lending a positively textured line. Lacy acidity provides good tension, and the wine carries to a moderately long, dry finish with savoury fruit notes. This is an elegant, juicy, savoury-fruited Tempranillo with a fine, dry-textured palate.
Sam Kim writes "Offering graceful power and matured complexity, the bouquet shows Black Doris plum, blackberry, cedar and toasted spice characters. The palate is equally gratifying with excellent weight and depth, wonderfully framed by supple mouthfeel and silky tannins. Harmonious, soothing and immensely appealing."
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Dark and Rich Red
These Spanish wines are far better value for money than lots of our New Zealand reds