COLOUR: Intense red colour with garnet hues and a purple rim.
NOSE: Aromas of red fruit, cherries, candies, yoghurt and a hint of sweet spices.
PALATE: Fresh on the palate, with a very pleasant acidity, soft tannins.
FINISH: Long aftertaste of red fruit and blackberry candy.
COMMENTS: Enjoy with roast meat, spicy food (Mexican, Indian), pizza, and pasta.
Appellation: Vino de la Tierra de Castilla La Mancha
Yield: 25 hl/hectare
Varietals: Monastrell & Garnacha Tintorera
Vineyards: +30 year old bush vines
During late September/early October the grapes were carefully selected and manually harvested. A gentle de-stemming and crushing. Cold soak at 6ºC during 48 hours, including 15% saignée to concentrate the musts. Temperature controlled fermentation and maceration beginning at 19-21ºC during first 2/3 and finishing at 25-26ºC towards the end of the fermentation in stainless steel tanks during 14 days. Malolactic fermentation and ageing was carried out in epoxy coated cement vats. 15% of the wine has been aged in French oak barrels for 4 months.
GARNACHA TINTORERA is one of those varieties you really want to know about, as it is one of the few which "really" have red pulp inside the skin and not white pulp as the majority. If this statement sounds rare to you do some research on the variety which is also known as Alicante-Bouschet. The story of the creation and later development of it, is really worth reading. It is a powerful variety, widely used in Spain, France and Italy to improve colour and other aspects of all kind of wines which later betray our hero grape and omit its name on the label. Garnacha Tintorera is mainly found in Central and South Eastern Spain and the South of France, The variety is difficult to manage due to high levels of alcohol and super powerful colorant capacity, but there are some masters whom have learnt to tame this great and unfairly unknown variety and are able to produce amazing wines with it.
Imagine a river between the boldness of new world and refinement of old world wines. El Palo - the stick, is the vine which bridges these two great worlds together. It's the essence of Spanish wines. Old world refinement with a bold taste provided by uniquely Spanish grapes.