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Pisano Family Selection Grand Reserve Tannat 2017
Red Wine from Uruguay
Powerful and balanced tannat from the Pisano estate's best vineyards, matured for 14 months in oak barrels to soften the tannins and it is a lovely example of a Uruguayan tannat. Completely different from arid and mountainous Argentina or Chile, Uruguay has a climate and landscape more akin to Bordeaux and south-west France. Ample rainfall means no irrigation is necessary and the coastal vineyards are cooled by the Atlantic Ocean, so temperatures are never excessive. Ideal for tannat, as this wine shows.
Price: £15.50 Bottle
Price: £186.00 Case of 12
- Red Wine
- 14% Alcohol
- Oak used but not v. noticeable
- Now to 2026
- Cork, natural
Pisano Family Vineyards & Cellars
In 1870 Don Francesco Pisano emigrated from Liguria, Italy to Uruguay. His son Don Cesare Secundino Pisano arrived in 1914, planted the original vineyards and produced the first wine in 1924. The third generation united Italian and Basque origins as Don César Pisano married Doña María Elsa Arretxea.
Today it is three brothers of the fourth generation who run the company, namely Eduardo, viticulture, Gustavo, head of winemaking, Daniel, exports and one of the fifth, Gabriel, cellar master.
They produce 30,000 dozens from their own vineyards.
The 30ha of vineyards are situated 25 kilometres north of Montevideo , benefiting from a sunny and cool Atlantic climate. The soils are a mix of clay and limestone.
The original Viña vineyard, next to the cellars, consists of 15 hectares of low-yielding high-density tannat, cabernet sauvignon and merlot vines, besides some chardonnay, torrontés.
The newer Barrancal vineyard is being developed five kilometres north of the cellars in the Progreso region. Here there are 15 hectares of pinot noir, syrah, petit verdot and viognier, besides the traditional tannat. The soil here is particularly high in limestone.
The cellar is well equipped with a number of stainless-steel and concrete vats and a good modern bottling line. There are barrels for maturing some of the best wines and new oak is used judiciously to avoid dominating the specific character of their wine.