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.
2018 Vintage: 2018 was one of the biggest yields of the last decade ensuring all vignerons of the region were happy after a lack lustre 2017. Stylistically it was a good and ‘classic’ year closer to the vintages of decades ago with medium alcohol at around 13%. Harvest was later but with good acidity and excellent aromas. Harvest was prolongeddue to wetter conditions earlier in the year delaying flowering and fruit set and the lower alcohols are a result of higher yields and a dry summer. The arid conditions slowed down the production of sugar in the berries.
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.