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Helan Qingxue Jia Bei Lan Reserve  2014 Ningxia Province

Helan Qingxue Jia Bei Lan Reserve 2014 Ningxia Province

Facts and figures
Bottle size: Bottle (75cl)
Case size: 6
Vintage: 2014
Maturity: Drinking now but will keep well too
Origin: China
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere
Style: Medium-full bodied
Alcohol: 15.0%
Tasting Notes
This small 37 acre estate, owned by the very personable and talented lady winemaker Zhang Jing and some South African backers, sprung to fame winning one of the prestigious International Trophy's at the Decanter World Wine awards with the 2009 Reserve back in 2011. Jing, now recognised as one of the top winemakers in China, grew up near to the estate studying viticulture at Beijing University and making the hard yards in the Rhone Valley and Australia. The estate situated at 3700 feet under the Helan Mountains, unlike many grand Chinese estates there is no swanky chateau just a barrel shed. The Jia Bei Lan (Little feet) got its name when Zhang was given five French oak barrels on the birth of her first daughter and the ends were branded with baby feet. The blend here is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15%Merlot and 5% Cabernet Gernicht the name for Carmenere which has been grown in China for decades.This is definately more Left Bank Bordeaux in style than new world with elegant pencil lead and tobacco notes to the dark cassis and leafy notes of the Cabernet. Impressive. You could come unstuck badly if you had this in a blind tasting!