Wine Review: Testimonio Reserve Blend 2014

From the Luigi Bosca Bodega in Mendoza (Argentina) comes this quality red blend: dominated by Cabernet Savignon (50%) and Syrah (35%) with the lesser known Tannat grape completing the blend and providing a bit of extra tannic bite.

This is not a wine for the faint hearted, it’s big, bold and richly textured with plenty of bright fruit on the nose and palate: blackcurrant dominates (it reminds me of Ribena!) but there is also a deft herbaceous edge to the wine alongside sweet spices and a whiff of cigar box smokiness.  Dry, with a good tannic structure the only slight negative to me was the noticeable alcohol (14% and feels it!). This is not a wine to slurp, this definitely needs food, and given it’s provenance a big steak would be a good match as would any other red meat dominated dish (it is likely to overpower anything more delicate).

Available at Majestic as part of a mix 6 for £10.99 (or £12.99 as a standalone purchase).

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