Ribera del Duero

2020 Antidoto Tempranillo

6 x 750ml
Technical Attributes
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Tasting Notes

Glossy, sweet'n'sour blackberry nose with brambly 'red tobacco' over black pepper husk, cranberry and dark rocky earth. Juicy plushness with crunch, minerality and earthy acidity; subtle oak; quality savoury-nutty fruit tannins. Simple, direct and delicious with a lovely finishing note. The first release from a new project.

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Winemakers Note

Antidoto is barely made – given the lightest, cool, simple and short fermentation in concrete vat (fermentation finishes off skins once a certain density is realised). Maturation is gentle and matter-of-fact, in clean old 600 litre barrels for 10 months. 70% of the fruit is from very old vines (there is no white fruit in this blend), and stems are excluded. Bertrand is trying to render old vine character as deftly as possible, in particular to avoid over-extraction and excess concentration: “avoiding the tannin avalanche”. The wine is filtered lightly, and not fined. 

 

“A very well organised wine”, as Bertrand says, Antidoto features blackberry fruit, ink and graphite, tobacco and earth in a typical but very calm Ribera del Duero nose. The sense of reserve and harmony continue on a gently rounded, deft palate. Bramble, spice and red florals lead, choc-cherry-game and gently earthy back notes follow. Gentle traces of old-vine heartwood (clove, pepper husk and mace) run through the nose and palate, dangling and wandering, expressing harmoniously through the delicately handled, barely extracted juice. Antidoto is not heroic winemaking, it’s a poem. Understated, understood. 

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