Tannat is the signature grape of Uruguay and also of Madiran in France. It's also renowned as having one of the highest levels of reservatrol - the compound that's making headlines for red wine's health benefits. I was keen to try it.
This example from Argentina is a bottle that's been on my wine rack for around a year - the last time I bought anything from Naked Wines. It's no longer in stock.
Pity, I'd love to have tasted a non-faulty bottle. Deep purple berry flavours, freshness, smooth but hefty tannin - it's everything Mr Purple Teeth loves with his Tuesday night cheeseboard. But. It's faulty.
There's a lot more faulty wine out there than we appreciate. I found a number during the IWC associate judging I did a couple of weeks ago. Many of these faults go unrecognised by us punters. We just drink the wine and say it's no good. We shouldn't! Facts can be avoided and should be reported.
Meanwhile, I'll be looking for a Tannat from Madiran or Uruguay to find out exactly how good it can be. Tasting beyond the fault, this could have been amazing. Let me know if you had one!