Neo Punta Escencia 2012
Oaked spiced and fruit drenched, there is a strong and sandalwood undertone. Creamy and textured on the palate, with a robust and dark-fruited backbone giving lush and delicious finish . Will be rewarded by cellaring. Technically superbly made with finest grapes. 28 months storage in new French oak add a modern touch. The producion is tiny- mere 6000 bottles. ABV 14.5%-never heady though. John Radford compared this top Cuvee to Bordeaux First and Second Growth, and there is, in our view, every reason for it.
Over the past 15 years, Bodegas Neo has gained a well-deserved reputation as one of the hottest properties in the Ribera del Duero appellation, rubbing shoulders with superstars like Vega Sicilia and Pingus. Bodegas Neo, particularly this first wine Punta Escenia, is well-known for its outstanding ‘New-Wave’ Tempranillos; wines of great concentration, substance and individual character. Parker et al. also commended Bodegas Neo, saying it consists of a bunch of young guys having the time of their lives, now making wine everywhere, as well as designing wine labels, recording music videos, and generally partying. But when it comes down to their two top wines listed below, they are deadly serious.
From DO Ribera Del Duero, Neo is produced from 100 per cent Tempranillo grapes, sourced from the winery’s vineyards around the town of La Horra to the south of the province of Burgos, near the northern border of the Ribera del Duero appellation. Old vines planted in the mid to late 1940s; yields the vines are low, with production limited to 3,500 kilograms per hectare. It does not have the scale have lower production cost. The grapes were individually picked, selected at optimum ripeness and collected in 16-kilogram boxes. The grapes were de-stemmed by hand, and after pressing, the must goes through a three-week maceration process, followed by alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in small, stainless-steel vats. The wine was aged in new oak barrels for 28 months, 80% French oak..The final wine was bottled without fining or filtration. No filtration is used. Packing 3 bottle per case looks high class.
This above is based on research from our own as well as information is from a Canadian supplier.