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Neo 2017

Like the earlier vintages such as 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016 we tasted before, 2017 is still friendly despite its young age. The aroma is brightly cherried, and the palate is primarily dry fruit. It is still robust and earthy. The finish remains edging dry, which waters the mouth and makes it a good food wine.

Scores are okay- RP91. We accord it DD93. It will need one hour(warm start) to open up to form a pure Tempranillo reflecting extending 20 months in 90% French Oak and 10% American oak. After one hour, 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, tobacco, and tertiary tones. A stuffed mouth feels like spices. Again, there is a proper balance of fruit and tertiary notes; tannins are grippy and promise many futures. Also nicely integrated with sweet oak and black peppery spices, followed by 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. Excellent value.

Retasted 31 July 2023.


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