2012 Ouled Thaleb Ait Souala
blackberry, cedar, spice box, light tannin, pepper, earth, green, plum, mocha and currant
lavender, cinnamon, incense, blackberry, spice, earth, currant and cherry
AOG Zenata. 50% Arinornoa, 25% Tannat, 25% Malbec.
Named in homage to the famous 1931 Ait Souala estate, once the largest winemaking facility of Africa (in 1960 producing the equivalent of 60 million bottles). Harvested and produced on the Ben Slimane plateaux. The vineyards average 25 year old, and the vines grow on sand and sandy shales, at 200 ft high. Fermented and aged separately for 24 months in 1/3 blend of new/used Burgundian French oak, and 2/3 concrete tanks. Final blend in concrete.
Dark ruby color with purple reflection. Very expressive on the nose, with black and red fruit such as blackcurrant, blackberry, raspberry and cherry. Spices and tobacco notes, with a touch of herbaceousness on the nose. Well balanced, bright and rich on the palate with silky tannins. - Distributor