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Pingus 2018 75cl
100% Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo).
PINGUS IS EEN TOPWIJN UIT RIBERA DEL DUERO
Peter Sisseck, van oorsprong een Deen is de maker van Pingus. De naam van het domein: Dominio de Pingus. 'Pingus' was zijn bijnaam in Denemarken.
De wijn van Dominio de Pingus is afkomstig van oude wijnstokken en er wordt biodynamisch gewerkt. De laatste jaren ligt de nadruk steeds minder op houtrijping en wordt er gebruik gemaakt van twee jaar oude vaten in plaats van nieuwe.
Pingus 2018 is vanaf 2022 of dronk, maar kan zich tenminste tot 2035 nog verder ontwikkelen.
The Wine Advocate:
I was really looking forward to the bottled version of the 2018 Pingus after a great showing of the cask sample last year. Part of the wine matured in 20,000-liter oak casks, so it's not all barrique. This is the first time they used the vats, and based on the results, Sisseck thinks in the future Pingus will be around 50% in oak vats. The Pingus vines were planted in 1929 in two different sectors of the village of La Horra, Barroso and San Cristobal and contain some 2% other varieties. The vineyards are certified organic and biodynamic and are manicured like few vineyards in Spain. The wine is subtle and harmonious, elegant and insinuating, with all the components in very good balance. This is precise and pure; Sisseck is thorough and meticulous, and the wine shows that precision. This follows the line of the 2016, showing very well even if it was bottled only one month before I tasted it. 9,300 bottles were filled in August 2020.
I tasted the bottled 2018s from Dominio de Pingus and also the unbottled 2019s, as the wines are sold as "futures," or "en primeur," through their importers and then, in most cases, offered by the importers to their final customers. 2018 is a stellar vintage with an amazing Pingus and the best PSI to date. 2019 was warmer, but the wines have an unusual combination of ripeness and elegance that Sisseck told me he's never seen before. Some of the 2019s might end up being better than the 2018 counterparts. Today, the 2019 Flor de Pingus is showing exceptionally well.
I published an article about the wines from Peter Sisseck in September 2020. I tasted the bottled 2018s and unbottled 2019s. The 2019s have not yet been bottled, so I didn't taste any new wines, but I include those notes here again for context and completeness of the wines from the Duero.
I had a calm and slow tasting of three vintages of the three wines produced by Peter Sisseck, giving the wines time in the glass to open up and express themselves. 2016, 2017 and 2018 are very different vintages. 2016 saw a good crop with lots of freshness, and the wines have great precision and elegance. 2017 was a dry and warm year marked by frost that made them lose between 25% and 40% of their grapes (they could buy other grapes to compensate the volume of PSI). And 2018 was a year with good rains in the winter, a classical year with high yields (the effect of the frost) and a warm summer that resulted in a very good year. The question is still up in the air if 2018 has the magic of a year like 2016 or not, but it's closer in style to 2016.
Published: Jun 30, 2021