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Tormentoso Mourvedre 2014

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The 2012 Tormentoso Mourvedre, which is blended with 15% Syrah, has a respectable bouquet — clean and well defined — but it does not grab on to the grape variety with the same conviction as one or two of its peers, as if it were afraid to get its hands dirty with Mourvedre. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe tannins, plenty of strawberry and cranberry pastille, with a salted licorice note surfacing toward the finish. Not bad — but can do better.

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Vintage: 2012 05/27/2015

The 2012 Tormentoso Mourvedre, which is blended with 15% Syrah, has a respectable bouquet — clean and well defined — but it does not grab on to the grape variety with the same conviction as one or two of its peers, as if it were afraid to get its hands dirty with Mourvedre. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe tannins, plenty of strawberry and cranberry pastille, with a salted licorice note surfacing toward the finish. Not bad — but can do better.


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Vintage: 2012 05/27/2015

Generally, South Africa is not what you think of when Mourvèdre is mentioned, unless it is used somewhat sparingly in a blend. Even then, we think more of Spain or France, where the black-skinned grape is often blended with Grenache and Syrah. In the Tormentoso, however, Mourvèdre makes up 85% of the wine, with 15% Syrah added for depth and extra spice. For those who might find Mourvèdre somewhat caustic, they will find the Tormentoso more approachable. With a dark ox-blood color, this wine has many layers of intriguing aromas and flavors, including cranberry, blackberry and black cherry fruit, with herb and spice notes of clove and licorice. The texture is medium bodied with a smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Tannins add complexity but do not overwhelm.




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