Minna Vineyard Rouge 2012 IGP Bouches du Rhône

(Code: MINNA/R/12)
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Minna Vineyard Rouge 2012 IGP Bouches du Rhône
Region Southern Provence - between Salon and Aix
Colour/Style Dry red - aged 2 years in oak barrels
Grapes 50% Syrah, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Red meats, game, rich casseroles
Next day 
As good, or even better
Drink Approachable now, but will age to 2025 and beyond
Clear, bright, translucent cherry/blood red colour. The nose is complex, expressive and wonderfully herby/spicy, displaying raspberry and red cherry fruit aromas, intermingled with notes of thyme and oregano, cumin and clove, not to mention little hints of freshly-baked bread, orange peel, vanilla, damp earth and polished old wood. The palate is on the medium side of full-bodied and beautifully focused, offering bright, fresh, spiced red fruit flavours, again laced with garrigue herbs and just the merest hint of oak, with wonderfully ripe, lapsang tea-like tannins and cracking acidity. The result is a gorgeously tangy, sweet-sour wine, so elegant to be almost soft and easy to drink already, but with enough grip and structure to ensure it will evolve nicely for a good 5 to 10 more years. One of the things that first attracted me to the wines of Minna Vineyard was the way that both the reds and whites possessed a flavour profile and structure more reminiscent of the finest Languedoc wines, more than those of Provence. And this is a classic example - a wine that, at 5 years of age, is already so deliciously drinkable, but with further capacity for ageing. Then again, I'm tempted to ask - why wait? It really is a gorgeous wine!