Pizzorno 'Don Prospero' Tannat/Merlot 2016
Montevideo - Uruguay
The wine's story
As Uruguay continues to make its mark on the international wine scene, it’s highly likely we’re going to start hearing a lot more about its unique wineries, their fascinating histories, and their dedication to putting beautiful wine regions like Canelon Chico on the map. Pizzorno is a classic example of what Uruguay does best; this stunning winery works closely with the ecosystem, ensuring sustainable operations that not only bring delicious results, but which ensure that Uruguay’s rise to global wine success isn’t a short-lived one. What’s more, Pizzorno has that wonderful sense of experimentation and innovation which is characterising this intriguing country’s output, and are planting and working with an impressive array of Old World grapes which range from the expected to the highly unusual. In doing so, this winery is carving out a new reputation and character for the rest of the world to discover, and they’ve already won themselves plenty of fans worldwide as a result.
The Pizzorno family headed from Italy to Uruguay in 1910, and upon arriving, recognised that the region of Canelon Chico bore a close resemblance to their favourite wine regions back in the old country. Soils were fertile, the climatic conditions were just right, and the elevation allowed for the growing of quality grapes. For almost a hundred years, the family worked the land and provided quality local wines for the domestic market. Come the turn of the new millennium, however, great-grandson Carlos Pizzorno decided the time was right to take his family’s produce to the wider world, and began experimenting with an exciting range of varietals (include little known grapes like Muscat of Hamburg, Tannat, Arinarnoa, and Marselan), and getting truly delicious results from his efforts. Today, Pizzorno is achieving great things with their beautiful varietal wines and blends, and helping Uruguay truly make its mark on the scene. As Uruguay continues to make its mark on the international wine scene, it’s highly likely we’re going to start hearing a lot more about its unique wineries, their fascinating histories, and their d... read more
Tannat is a well-travelled grape. It starts out in the south-west of France, goes on a holiday to the south of Italy, then finds its way to Uruguay. After putting down roots here, it then ends up holidaying in Brazil, Australia, Argentina, Peru and even South Africa.
It is now considered the main red grape of Uruguay, and this is such a classic example - filled with dark, ripe fruit but not too over the top.
It's not all fruit though - there's some real savour, a gritty, kind of gravelly feel.
The fruit spectrum is filled with ripe plum, blueberry and a touch of rose.
The Merlot adds some mid-palate weight and a beautiful blackcurrant note. Beautifully integrated, plush and suave. Tannat is a well-travelled grape. It starts out in the south-west of France, goes on a holiday to the south of Italy, then finds its way to Uruguay. After putting down roots here, it then ends up h... read more
This stunningly rustic wine features the tannic, rustic edge of the Tannat grape, which has been luxuriously softened and rounded out by the inclusion of the ever-popular Merlot. The result is something truly deep and flavourful, and destined to be enjoyed alongside a wide range of savoury favourites. This is a real meat-lover’s wine, and would pair nicely with confit duck, cheaper cuts of beef, hearty lamb shanks in rich gravy, or Swedish style meatballs with sauce and jam (although you probably couldn’t sneak it into your local IKEA cafe). It’s a wine which needs a bit of fat to work against all that tannic character, so be sure to include blue cheese somewhere in your recipes, or proper butcher’s sausages that add real rustic charm to a dish.
Click here for a recipe. This stunningly rustic wine features the tannic, rustic edge of the Tannat grape, which has been luxuriously softened and rounded out by the inclusion of the ever-popular Merlot. The result is some... read more
Cellar Period: 3-5 years - This will improve over the next few years, but don't be afraid to open it today!
Alcohol Level: 13.00%