“Elpidios is an attractive, seamlessly judged cuvée of mostly Grenache with 62% Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan and Pinotage, creating a Cape-meets-the-Mediterranean feel. Fermented with 50% whole bunches, it has enticing Turkish Delight and potpourri aromas, goji berry and tobacco leaf flavours and savoury, sinewy tannins.” – Tim Atkin MW
Composition Grenache noir 38%, Syrah 36%, Cinsaut 10%, Carignan 9% and Pinotage 7% Drink Date: 2023-28 Alcohol: 13.5% Barrel: French oak barrels and a foudre (Pinotage). Body: - Which Glass? Zalto Bordeaux Decant it? No
Ratings: Tim Atkin MW: 92 -
French oak barrels and a foudre (Pinotage).
"I tasted a bottle of the 2009 Único blind and was taken by the freshness, the red fruit notes and the Burgundian-like characteristics of this vintage, which on paper was quite warm and dry. I also tasted the 2009 Valbuena, which is always more approachable, and was blown away by its aromatics. With time in the glass the Único opened up and got closer to the character of Valbuena but with more depth and clout, while showing extremely elegant. I tasted it again in the context of all the wines from the group, and it delivered all that I saw when I tasted it blind. It takes some time to unfurl its aromatic palette, and it feels young and somewhat undeveloped, younger than it is. It has a touch that made me think of the old vintages of Único on the nose but with very polished tannins and a soft mouthfeel that provides elegance. This is a wine that ages for no less than ten years before it's released. 2009 seems like a great vintage for Vega Sicilia, much better than what I anticipated. It should develop nicely in bottle." - Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas Rouge 2020, "70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 14% Syrah, 1% Cinsault. Aged 20% in new oak barrels, 50% in oldervbarrels and 30% in concrete. Organic, cask sample, discreet nose with just a hint of dark fruit and spice. Rich and full on the palate, the fruit ripe and generous. Firm but ripe tannins, the finish just a little drying but will come round." - Jancis Robinson