Altacena Tempranillo (12pk)
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Region: Manchuela (Castilla La Mancha)
Soil: Limestone / Marl / Sandstone
Elevation: 680 - 790m
Age: 25 years - 35 years
Pruning: Un-trellised “Gobelet” bush vines.
Grape Variety: 90% Tempranillo 5% Shiraz 5% Garnacha
Winemaker: Javier Murua
Pack Size: 12 Bottle Pack
Manchuela: The communue of Manchuela is located in the foothills of mountains in the far east of La Mancha. Moderate summer days and cold autumn nights courtesy of the region’s high-altitude result in elegant wines with intense flavours and nicely balanced structure and tannin.
Winemaking: Totally de-stemmed with a short cold soak before a long, cool fermentation with daily pump-overs to achieve optimum fruit and colour. The core of the blend was aged in stainless steel before three months maturation in seasoned French and American oak. A component of up to ten percent of de-classified Rioja (due to volume constrainers not quality) is added to the blend three months before bottling.
2019 Vintage: A year with less vigour in the vineyards resulting in lesser yields but the overall quality was excellent. The overal health of the vines and the remarkable weather throughout vintage made for a memorable year in Rioja. The rains fell at the right time and the fruit ensured wel-balanced wines with good structure and intensity were produced.
Tasting Note: Medium red in colour with a lifted and expansive nose of ripe dark berries, plums and charcuterie spice. The palate is silky and supple and opulently fruited with a core of red berried fruit and subtle oak, all framed by fine savoury tannins. A juicy Tempranillo blend that balances drinkability and quality with excellent depth of fruit balanced by a defined structure and impressive length.