Neo 2014

(Neo, The Matrix)

Like the earlier vintages such as 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2012 we tasted before, 2014 is still friendly despite it's young age. Scores are not bad. It will need one hour to open up to form a pure Tempranillo reflecting extending ageing of 20 months in 90% French Oak 10% American oak. There is a delicate balance between fruit, spices and oak-related, smoky aromas. The first nose shows wood and earth tones, a hint of chocolate and the second prunes, cherries, coffee and tobacco and tertiary tones. Stuffed mouth feels with spices. The right balance of fruit and tertiary notes; tannins are grippy and promises lots of future. Nicely integrated with sweet oak and black peppery spices; also a lovely, warm aftertaste. It will age well but is approachable now on decanting and drinks fine. The grapes for this wine come from four separate plots with vines over 50 years of age. It has a tight, long finish.

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