Marichal - Tannat 2017

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"Fantastically strong varietal character here with a clear range of purple and black fruit flavours, reminiscent of plums, cherries and mulberry fruits. It is well balanced and managed on the palate with a good oak, fruit, and tannin balance. It is plush and rich on the palate which just begs for something meaty to pair with it. Spiced meats and black plum jam on the finish."

 

--------THE PRODUCER--------

Bodega Marichal

Bodega Marichal has got a long history in winemaking from back in the Canary Islands off Spain's eastern coastline. The Marichal family emigrated to Uruguay in the 1910s and finally decided to set up a family winery in the late 1930s. Ever since then they have been producing a range of interesting and exciting wines which help to give Uruguay a place in the wine world.

 

--------THE GRAPE--------

Tannat

Tannat got a claim to a fame in the early 2000s thanks to its high anthocyanin levels thanks to its high tannin content (from the red grape skins) as it was said to have a high level of resveratrol (an anti-cancer compound). Long before that bit of press came about, Tannat is home in Madiran in the southwest of France and more recently it is found a home in Uruguay. In both of these countries it is often blended with Cabernet Sauvigon or Merlot to help soften its high tannins. 

 

--------THE REGION--------

Uruguay

Whilst it is still in its infancy it is now the fourth most important wine producing country in South America. The spicy and chunky reds made from Tannat are what has put it on the map.

The best place to start when you are pairing food and wine is to think about the structural elements of both the food and wines. These elements are: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, umami, chilli heat and fat.

We have listed these elements in foods and how you can add wines with similar or contrasting elements to help create harmony in your matches.

Sweetness 

Sweet foods can overpower dry wines, white or red, making them appear acidic, neutral or bitter. In order to reduce this effect you should pair sweet foods with sweet wines. 

Acidity

Acidic foods, like fresh citrus, tomatoes or salads laden with vinaigrettes, will overpower the acidity in a wine making them appear flabby or less acidic than they were. In order to reduce this effect you should pair acidic foods with wines that have a higher acidity such as Champagne, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Acidity is a key element in creating balance in a dish or a food-and-wine match. If the foods are going to reduce the acidity in the wines then you need to add your own bit of acidity by bringing a more acidic wine to the table. It is the same principle behind adding lemon juice to seafood dishes, as seafood tends to have quite low natural acidity.

Bitterness

If a food is high in bitterness then it will make the wine appear bitter, or it will increase the perception of bitterness (tannins) in the wine. In order to reduce this effect you should pair bitter foods with wines that are not lean with high acid.  Rather choose wines with some sweetness, fruit or viscosity.

Umami (Savoury)

Foods that are highly savoury, like mushrooms, will increase the bitterness or acidic perception we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair umami rich foods with wines that are fruity and do not have medium-high tannins. 

Often foods that are more savoury are best matched with white wines like Chardonnay or Soave as these do not big tannins but have lots of fruity flavours.

Chilli Heat

Chilli heat is similar to umami-rich foods.  They will increase the bitterness or acidic perception as well as the alcoholic burn we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair chilli heat rich foods with wines that are fruity and/or have higher sweetness levels.

Wines that are off-dry like many Gewürztraminers or Rieslings could work best with chilli foods like a curry as they will be both a bit sweet but also very fruity. If you aren't a white wine drinker then you could consider red wines that have lower tannins such as a Pinot Noir or Gamay Noir. 

Fatty

Foods that are high in fat will make the wines feel flabby and less fruity. In order to reduce this effect you should pair fatty foods with wines that have high acidity. This is similar to the rule of adding in acidity (in the form of citrus) to seafood to help to cut down the perception of fattiness.  

These suggestions (there are no rules that apply to everyone) will help you to think about how to create pairings. It often isn't helpful to think about 'red wine and red meat' or 'white wine and fish' because it is actually the structural elements of the wine and food that need to be balanced. It is the acidity in white wines that works well by cutting through the fattiness of a piece of fish but you could get that acidity in a Pinot Noir. 

"Fantastically strong varietal character here with a clear range of purple and black fruit flavours, reminiscent of plums, cherries and mulberry fruits. It is well balanced and managed on the palate with a good oak, fruit, and tannin balance. It is plush and rich on the palate which just begs for something meaty to pair with it. Spiced meats and black plum jam on the finish."

 

--------THE PRODUCER--------

Bodega Marichal

Bodega Marichal has got a long history in winemaking from back in the Canary Islands off Spain's eastern coastline. The Marichal family emigrated to Uruguay in the 1910s and finally decided to set up a family winery in the late 1930s. Ever since then they have been producing a range of interesting and exciting wines which help to give Uruguay a place in the wine world.

 

--------THE GRAPE--------

Tannat

Tannat got a claim to a fame in the early 2000s thanks to its high anthocyanin levels thanks to its high tannin content (from the red grape skins) as it was said to have a high level of resveratrol (an anti-cancer compound). Long before that bit of press came about, Tannat is home in Madiran in the southwest of France and more recently it is found a home in Uruguay. In both of these countries it is often blended with Cabernet Sauvigon or Merlot to help soften its high tannins. 

 

--------THE REGION--------

Uruguay

Whilst it is still in its infancy it is now the fourth most important wine producing country in South America. The spicy and chunky reds made from Tannat are what has put it on the map.

The best place to start when you are pairing food and wine is to think about the structural elements of both the food and wines. These elements are: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, umami, chilli heat and fat.

We have listed these elements in foods and how you can add wines with similar or contrasting elements to help create harmony in your matches.

Sweetness 

Sweet foods can overpower dry wines, white or red, making them appear acidic, neutral or bitter. In order to reduce this effect you should pair sweet foods with sweet wines. 

Acidity

Acidic foods, like fresh citrus, tomatoes or salads laden with vinaigrettes, will overpower the acidity in a wine making them appear flabby or less acidic than they were. In order to reduce this effect you should pair acidic foods with wines that have a higher acidity such as Champagne, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Acidity is a key element in creating balance in a dish or a food-and-wine match. If the foods are going to reduce the acidity in the wines then you need to add your own bit of acidity by bringing a more acidic wine to the table. It is the same principle behind adding lemon juice to seafood dishes, as seafood tends to have quite low natural acidity.

Bitterness

If a food is high in bitterness then it will make the wine appear bitter, or it will increase the perception of bitterness (tannins) in the wine. In order to reduce this effect you should pair bitter foods with wines that are not lean with high acid.  Rather choose wines with some sweetness, fruit or viscosity.

Umami (Savoury)

Foods that are highly savoury, like mushrooms, will increase the bitterness or acidic perception we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair umami rich foods with wines that are fruity and do not have medium-high tannins. 

Often foods that are more savoury are best matched with white wines like Chardonnay or Soave as these do not big tannins but have lots of fruity flavours.

Chilli Heat

Chilli heat is similar to umami-rich foods.  They will increase the bitterness or acidic perception as well as the alcoholic burn we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair chilli heat rich foods with wines that are fruity and/or have higher sweetness levels.

Wines that are off-dry like many Gewürztraminers or Rieslings could work best with chilli foods like a curry as they will be both a bit sweet but also very fruity. If you aren't a white wine drinker then you could consider red wines that have lower tannins such as a Pinot Noir or Gamay Noir. 

Fatty

Foods that are high in fat will make the wines feel flabby and less fruity. In order to reduce this effect you should pair fatty foods with wines that have high acidity. This is similar to the rule of adding in acidity (in the form of citrus) to seafood to help to cut down the perception of fattiness.  

These suggestions (there are no rules that apply to everyone) will help you to think about how to create pairings. It often isn't helpful to think about 'red wine and red meat' or 'white wine and fish' because it is actually the structural elements of the wine and food that need to be balanced. It is the acidity in white wines that works well by cutting through the fattiness of a piece of fish but you could get that acidity in a Pinot Noir.