This is a wine I discovered last winter during my trip to Sierra de Gredos. Last week El Mundo Vino selected it one of Spain’s best wines. Gredos is an area that covers parts of three Spanish DO’s, and three independent regions too. This one is from the DO Méntrida in the Castilla-La Mancha region.
To be more precise we are in El Real de San Vicente (Toledo) between 750 and 895 meters on granitic soils. The vines, age between 40 and 90 years, are trained (or to be precise: not trained) the natural way, “en vaso”.
We can call this a typical Gredos garnacha, as it has a relatively light colour, pure fruit, and with a high alcohol level it’s still in perfect balance. The alcoholic fermentation took place with stalks in inox tank, and the ageing period was 18 months in 2.000 liters oak vats. Little more than 2.000 bottles were produced.
Red colour. Pure fruit with notes of red berries, pines, cedar and a touch of spice. Smooth texture, notes of mushrooms, underwood and a high alcohol that’s by no means dominating the fruit. Elegant.