This is the finest expression of the Tannat grape produced By Javier Carrau on the outskirt of Montevideo Uruguay. Rich and weighty aromas of dark plums, blackberries, liquorice, with refined and balanced oak, fine tannins and good acidity. A very special wine.
Since the arrival of Juan Carrau in South America, his name has been synonymous with quality winemaking, passion in the production of fine wines from a tradition that dates back over 10 generations and initiated in Catalonia, Spain. The Bodega Carrau was established in 1930 and was one of the pioneer producer of quality wines, using traditional varieties from the South West of France such as Tannat, Malbec and Petit Manseng. Today Javier Carrau head the bodega and continues to produce a fantastic range of single varietal wines with the aim of representing the unique Uruguayan wine terroir. Tannat has recently became the unofficial grape of Uruguay that goes so well with the “asado Uruguayo” or Uruguayan barbecue. The name AMAT is a tribute to Don Francisco Carrau Amat (1790-1860), who in his time promoted the planting of the first red grape varieties in Vilassar de Mar, Catalonia, Spain. This Tannat is produced in vineyards 300 m above see level, with good variation of temperature between day and night. The grapes are hand harvested in cases to avoid crushing of the grapes and then fermented in open stainless still tanks with daily pump over to extract all the flavours and tannins of the Tannat grape. The finished red wine is then aged in French oak barrels for 18 month.
Grilled meat, barbecue lamb, steak and pork
93pts, Decanter Magazine (2011 Vintage)