Sierra Oriental, Gran Reserva, Tannat, 2020, Maldonado, Uruguay

Producer Profile

The Diz family come from Villanova de Arousa in Galicia (Spain) crossing the Atlantic in 1881, settling in South America. It was in Argentina, where the family originally settled, they dedicated themselves to cultivating the land, developing land to populate and produce meat.

They settled in Uruguay in 1998 and fell deeply in love with the country and especially with the Maldonado mountain region where they saw enormous potential for fruit and vegetable cultivation, production of honey, meat and finished products for sale to an increasingly demanding public.

It was in 2003 that the family established La Oriental in Paraje José Ignacio. Olive trees were planted in 2004 followed by red vines the year after. Their first commercial harvest of both olive & vine came in 2008 and were sold off to third parties. It wasn’t until 2011 that the family produced wine under their own label, Sierra Oriental.

Viticulture

With a 10% slope and a high content of sand, quartz and ballast, it provides the vineyard with perfect drainage, a fundamental player in viticulture. The textures of our soil favour root penetration, giving a very high stability to the vines.

Serrano maritime climate with average rainfall of 1200mm per year and between 160 and 260 meters above sea level. It tends to be windy keeping the vines in optimal health conditions.

With 12 acres under vine Sierra Oriental practice sustainable farming; natural processes, and minimal intervention vineyard management.

Winemaking

Native to the southwest of France, the wines of the Apellation d’Origine Controlée Madiran, are known for having a very high tannic structure, a great potential for aging and unique characteristics. This grape has played a prominent role in the history of Uruguay’s wine industry. Our wines are generally more elegant, with softer and softer tannins, higher alcohol content but with less acidity and a complex fruity facet.

With an autochthonous winemaking technique, developed based on trial and error, today we can say that we have a magnificent Tannat. Wild ferment followed by 8 month in French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels.

Tasting Note

On the nose aromas of blackberry and red fruits, quince, chocolate, blond tobacco, coffee and black olives. Fresh mint, chocolate, vanilla, jasmine follow through on the palate. On the palate, this is a full-bodied wine, with mature tannins complementing the dark juicy fruit and mineral notes. Striking and powerful.

Goes well with

Grilled meats (whether beef, pork, lamb or game) can pair excellently with Tannat wines of this style, as can strong cheeses and wild mushrooms.

Cellaring

Will benefit with careful cellaring for up to 8 years.

Don’t just take our word for it…
“Part of a very impressive range from this up-and-coming Maldonado bodega, this complex, structured Tannat was made with grapes from two vineyards planted in 2004. Serious, dence and stylishly oaked with scented French and 20% American wood and flavours of blackberry, black olive, and cinnamon spice. 2023-2030” – Tim Atkin MW

Features

Varieties:  Tannat 100%
Colour: Red
ABV: 14.5%
Closure: Natural Cork
Style: Still Wine
Case Size: 6 x 75cl
Country: Uruguay
Region: Maldonado
Vintage: 2020
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    Weight 1 kg