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Ouled Thaleb "Zenata Ait Souala" 2012

Ouled Thaleb "Zenata Ait Souala" 2012


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Type: Red Wine | Country: Morocco | Region: Rabat-Casablanca | Varietal: Blend-Red | Vintage: 2012
50% Arinarnoa, 25% Tannat, 25% Malbec. Arinarnoa is a variety that was obtained by the INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique) in 1956. Based on genetic analyses carried out in Montpellier, it comes from the crossbreeding of Merlot and Cabernet-Sauvignon. The round-shaped berries berries have an herbaceous flavor. This blend is named after 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. Inky purple color. Very expressive nose, with cassis, plum, smoked meats, tobacco, menthol and some green herbs. Berry fruits dominate the palate with some nice floral notes. Silky texture, with some tangy acidity and light tannin. -DTP