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The Coates Iberian is just your plain old, run of the mill, Touriga Nacional, Tempranillo, Monastrell, Syrah, Malbec, Carignan, Cinsaut and Garnacha blend. You know, a classic TNTMSMCCG.
This wine is balanced on a knife edge. Something that winemaker and owner Duane Coates has been working at for many a year.
The idea was to make a medium bodied, aromatic and red-fruit-lead blend without falling into the GSM/GMS/SGM paradigm. So with a little out of the box thinking, Coates has embraced the blending varieties of the Iberian coastline (Spain and Portugal) as well as those of the South of Rhone to bring this beautiful wine to realisation.
He says in making this wine he came, “Armed with access to a few obscure (by Australian standards) varieties and an intangible feeling for the aroma, flavour and texture profile that was desired, and so a new project was born.”
Well, whatever the original intention was, the 2013 is possibly the best version to date.
A wine with a clear vision and impeccable execution, the Iberian is a must try for those exploring the brave new world of alternative varities.
What It Tastes Like
“Deep garnet red in colour. Perfumed aromas of bergamot, raspberry and fragrant spice is supported by subtle savoury cedar nuances. A softly textured palate dovetails into black cherry flavours intermingled with fruit pastille, Turkish Delight and game nuances. A long length of finish is supported by layers of fine tannins and a refreshing acid backbone.” - Duane Coates
93 points “The full Iberian Peninsula blend of touriga nacional, tempranillo, monastrel, syrah, carignan, garnacha and cinsaut; wild yeast-fermented, matured for 20 months in French oak (20% new); not fined or filtered. Nor surprisingly, a potpourri of red, blue and black fruits that fuse into each other; medium-bodied, with a positive, tannin-based structure and well worth a punt to see where it heads in 5-10 years.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
92 points. “Each and every one of these Coates reds have impressed, and this is no different.
A blend of Touriga Nacional, Tempranillo, Monastrell, Syrah, Carignan, Garnacha Cinsault and Malbec (what a blend), this Coates The Iberian 2013 is sourced from Langhorne Creek & McLaren Vale and spends 20 months in oak…
Deep ruby, it smells vaguely of a Douro red, which is great to see given that this is called ‘The Iberian’. There’s that edge of dried red fruit and plum which is the Touriga giveaway, plus cranberry, blood plum and more. It’s tangy, juicy, utterly savoury, yet still ripe and generous. Importantly, this doesn’t lack for acidity. It’s ripe and full, but not overwrought, the form medium bodied with light tannins and a dash of spice.
Love to try this against some Portuguese reds – would be really interesting. Oh and smart wine for $25!
- Andrew Graham (Oz Wine Review)
The desire to experiment in the Mediterranean red blend territory, but not follow the established GSM/MSG/SGM path, led to some left field thinking about what may constitute a red fruit-centric medium-bodied style. Armed with access to a few obscure (by Australian standards) varieties and an intangible feeling for the aroma, flavour and texture profile that was desired, and so a new project was born. The Iberian brings together seven varieties that are mainstays or blending components with a historical origin on the Iberian Peninsula that covers Spain, Portugal and the Southern Roussillon of France. A thoroughly enjoyable trial and error blending process settled on an assemblage of Touriga Nacional (44%), Tempranillo (14%), Monastrell (11%), Syrah (9%), Carignan (6%), Garnacha (6%), Cinsault (6%) and Malbec (4%).
Fruit was fermented for two weeks on skins using natural yeasts. Maturation in 20% new French oak puncheons and 80% used French oak provides a subtle hint of oak support whilst allowing the primary fruit characters unhindered expression. The use of selected French cooperages (Seguin-Moreau, Nadalie, Marsannay, Dargaud & Jaegle) in a mix of puncheons, hogsheads and barriques provides complexity, integration and harmony with our intended style. Two rackings and regular topping are the only time the wine is disturbed post malo with 24 months spent in wood. Bottling date is determined when the tannin and oak balance feel right, with a further 6 months spent in bottle prior to release. The traditional approach used to make The Iberian precludes the use of the additives and fining agents such as tannins, enzymes, egg, fish or milk products. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in December of 2014.
Deep garnet red in colour. Perfumed aromas of bergamot, raspberry and fragrant spice is supported by subtle savoury cedar nuances. A softly textured palate dovetails into black cherry flavours intermingled with fruit pastille, Turkish Delight and game nuances. A long length of finish is supported by layers of fine tannins and a refreshing acid backbone. Drink now to 2025. 270 cases made.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Duane Coates’ mission as a winemaker is to meld the best of old world and new world winemaking and create something that is the best of both worlds. He must be doing something right because this guy has a serious cult following.
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