Sunday, March 17, 2019

Bodega Bouza

Bodega Bouza is another 10,000 cases winery, only 30 minutes from Montevideo. As such, it has quite a strong tourist orientation, with a big tasting room and vintage cars.

Albarino is the other main white variety next to Sauvignon Blanc. The 2018 Bouza Albarino is fresh and straight forward with citrus flavours and some earthy characters. This aromatic wine was not so exciting on its own, but went down well with Ceviche (86 points).

The 2017 Merlot is a soft and fruity wine with red plum and cherry flavours. This quaffer falls off on the finish a bit (87 points). One of their most popular wines is the strangely named Monte Vide Eu. The 2017 is a blend of 50% Tannat, 30% Merlot and 20% Tempranillo. It is a barrell selection. The nose of this wine is intense, yet the wine is actually quite light. This is also quite a simple, easy drinking wine, with fine tannins and a short finish (88 points).

Bouza regards itself as a Tannat specialist. It vinifies quite a few blocks separately, and releases one block each year (more or less) as a single vineyard wine. The 2016 Tannat is called B26. I was looking forward to tasting this. Would this give me a good idea about what Tannat can do? The wine is matured for 15 months in new French oak. The colour is deep purple and the nose is intense, quite dense. The plum and blackcurrant flavours dominate the oak, and the structure is fine, but the tannins are a bit coarse. While the alcohol of 15.5% was not as obvious, as the figure might suggest, it certainly felt slightly hot on the finish (91 points).

The search for a great Tannat continues.

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