Bouza (pronounced Boozer) is a small family owned producer with 35 hectars of vineyards planted over 4 separate vineyards, spread out over southern Uruguay. Yes, Uruguay! The estate was founded in 2000 by Juan and Elisa on the site of a 1940’s winery and with their single vineyard Tannat releases, have rapidly become perhaps the country’s most critically acclaimed producer.
Their plantings consist of Tannat – originally from the south of France, used in Cahors – which has become Uruguay’s signature grape, along with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Tempranillo, Riesling, and Albarino. In fact, they were the first to introduce Albarino to the country.
Two of the vineyards are near the winery in Montevideo, and are home to the Albarino and most of the Chardonnay, Merlot and Tannat. A more recent project has been the development of the Pan de Azucar and Las Espinas vineyards in the far east of the country where it is significantly colder. Here is planted Riesling and Pinot Noir along with small amount of the other varieties. The wines from this area have shown huge promise on account of the vibrant acidity and intense fruit profiles.
Whilst Uruguayan wine does not share the public profile of Argentine or Chilean, at the top end, not only does it have all the deep intensity of fruits characteristic of its neighbours, but also the natural freshness most lack. Pop into a Jeroboams shop to pick up a bottle – you will be surprised!