Tag: tannat

Wine for under £10 – El Esteco

el estecoNow you would know by now that I love Tannat grape juice, e.g. wine made of the Tannat Grape.

So I had to try Marks & Spencer’s El Esteco Tannat 2008 for £5.99. A real bargain if you asked me. Normally the Tannat grape is associated with South West France, however Fabian Miranda has grown the grapes with a balanced tannic structure in Argentina. The grapes are grown in the Calchagqui Valley in the far north where the high altitude brings cold nights, which retains freshness and sunny days for the full flavour.

Product Details reveal the Tannat grape as dry, 13.5% alcohol which is equivalent to 10.1 units per bottle.
It’s clearly made with a UK palate in mind, with juicy, youthful berry fruit and chocolate. (Harpers Tasting Panel, August 2008).

Wine for under £10 – Pizzorno

Following the series about wines for under ten pounds, here is another wine review of a lovely wine.

A Merlot Tannat, 2006, from Uruguay, called Pizzorno.


I wrote about the Tannat grape before and how impressed I am with it. For under seven pounds this wine gives a different hint of the Tannat grape as it is mixed with Merlot. It almost makes the wine a bit sweet tasting.

Tannat is allegedly Uruguay’s flagship grape. Bright crimson red with a purple hue. The aromas you get from the Pizzorno are raspberry compote and elder flower, marry with hints of plum and rosemary. The palate is rich in its flavours of plum, chocolate and new tobacco, complemented by smooth tannis and good acidity, which lead into a lingering finish.

I have to admit, this combination of grapes really brings out a boost of flavours. Whilst I tried it on its own, I am convinced it would go well with strong flavoured food, such as game, red meat even and strong cheese. The latter I believe will always be on my list for wine.

You find further information about the vineyard on the Pizzorno Family Estate site.

Tannat Grape


Just as the weekend is approaching, I tasted a new grape variety yesterday, Tannat. Actually an old grape, but the first time I tasted it.

I was at a wine tasting I can highly recommend. Very knowledgeable presenter and great people.

Guess I am off to Waitrose in my lunch break for a bottle of Madiran, although they used to stock a Tannat from Uruguay.