Fiesta ‘ANDA’ Flamenco

ANDA Tempranillo / Syrah Andalucia 2016

ANDA Tempranillo/Syrah

Most people think of Andalucia as mainly a holiday area full of hotels, tourists, sunloungers and fiesta, so when you see this bottle on the shelf although there’s no doubting it’s a Spanish wine with its colourful abstract Flamenco label, where it’s from may come as a surprise. This is a blend of Tempranillo 50% and Syrah 50% made in the cool ‘Laujar valley’ vineyards high up in the Almeria Province of Andalucia, located between Sierra Nevada and Sierra de Gador mountain ranges. 

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Although a familiar looking Spanish bottle, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a typical Spanish red wine because it’s not. The introduction of Syrah makes this a different beast altogether. 

In my opinion, this is a big wine and not for the faint-hearted, it’s very dark and brooding in appearance. A big wine in taste as well so be careful as the 14% abv suddenly creeps up on you. Mainly dark fruits, blackberry prominent, dark plums, perhaps some cherry and raspberries along with a hefty kick of tannins. I’ve seen reviews of this saying that the tannins are soft but let me tell you they are anything but soft which adds to a grippiness to the wine. There is a woodiness from the 8 months or so spent in French oak barrels but nicely balanced with the fruit and still tasting fresh. A peppery spice from the Syrah adds to its appeal.

Maybe not to everyone’s taste, as I mentioned it is a big wine and I loved it, for the price brilliant value. Well done Waitrose buyers for sourcing this Spanish Beauty.

Waitrose £7.99

Cork rating
My Rating 8/10 Corks
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