In Uruguay tannat is a little softer than that of Madiran, France. It retains its wild blackberry-like character, possessing ripe black fruit, mild astringency and fresh acidity. Its structure begs food. Enjoy with a hunk of protein, some hard cheese and/or the fattier cuts of meat like shoulder of lamb or pork.
Uruguay is very different from Chile and Argentina. Its South Atlantic climate brings 1100 mm of rain a year (cf Mendoza, Argentina, with 200mm and Santiago, Chile, with 650mm) So whereas irrigation is necessary in most of Argentina and Chile (a vine needs about 700mm a rain a year), in Uruguay varieties that are rot resistant like tannat are required. Its cooler climate produces wines with a more European feel, being lower in alcohol and higher in acidity and with a more restrained fruitiness than most South American wines. In Uruguay tannat is a little softer and rounder than that found in its homeland of Madiran, France.
Uruguay means 'the river of painted birds' in the indigenous Guarani language. The Teru Teru, common in Uruguay and its national bird, is the southern plover, like the European plover but bigger and with sharp spikes on it wings. It is fiercely territorial, dive bombing and shrieking loudly to protect its nest and young. The name and emblem of the national rugby team is Los Teros, named after this bird.
Product Code: QVG-UR491