2016 Deltablock, Zinfandel, California, USA

2016 Deltablock, Zinfandel, California, USA

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2016 Deltablock, Zinfandel, California, USA

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This wine is made with fruit sourced from the Lodi region in California, where some of the region’s oldest vines are planted. Due to its Mediterranean climate, the grapes are picked at optimum ripeness to gain the concentration and fruit purity while maintaining freshness. The wine is produced by a family winery, who have been making wine for over 100 years.

Deep ruby in colour with purple tints, this wine displays notes of sweet spice, mocha and dark black fruits of plum, black cherries and strawberries. Vanilla spice, liquorice and chocolate are balanced with ripe, chewy tannins and a juicy core. Drink now to 2020.
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Ironstone Vineyards

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Zinfandel

Zinfandel

Zinfandel is California`s most distinctive red grape and is one of the few that is considered one of their "own", even though it originated in Europe.

Although it has been grown in California for well over a century, it took the popularity of white ("blush") Zinfandel in the mid 1980s to persuade growers to retain their Zinfandel vines and indeed to plant more. Within 10 years, plantings had doubled and Red Zinfandel had become a Californian icon.

It is grown all across California though seems to perform best in meso-climates, which combine hot days and cool nights. It has a worrying tendency to ripen unevenly, leaving the producer with a sort of viticultural catch-22 - if he harvests too soon then he has green, unripe grapes, too late and he has dried out raisiny grapes.

After vinification, Zinfandel wines are often matured in American oak, which gives them a vanilla dimension. There is no single flavour character that can be associated with the grape - it can produce light, jammy, almost Beaujolais-type wines, redolent of freshly crushed berries, through to full-bodied, robust, oak aged wines brimming with ripe, peppery, cassis-like fruits. The best can age marvellously.

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