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 intensely 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.
2017 Vintage: 2017 was a year with significantly less volume of grapes available due to tougher growing conditions. Some producers losing up to 50% compared to the year prior through lack of water, some higher temperatures and frost early in the season. The wines that have been made however have been remarkable in their intensity of flavour, very deep colour and ripe, polished tannins. Less wine available this year but what is there is very good.
Tasting Note: Dark red in colour with a lifted and expansive nose of ripe dark berries, plums and smoked spice. The palate is supple and opulently fruited with a core of ripe red berried fruit and subtle oak, all framed by fine savoury tannins. The wine nicely balances drinkability and quality with excellent depth of fruit balanced by a defined structure and impressive length.