Mesta Garnacha 2018
Organic Grenache from the heart of Spain.
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Organic and sustainable viticulture and winemaking from the heart of Spain. 1,000 hectares of beautiful, high-altitude vineyards in central Castile, at 700 to 900m above sea level. Here, sunny days bring juicy fruit aromas, while cold nights retain freshness and definition in Mesta wines. The dry summers help to produce healthy grapes without the use of chemicals.
Fontana Bodegas & Viñedos is a leading producer of Estate wines and has been owned by the Cantarero Morales family for over 30 years. Uclés is a region within the Castilla-La Mancha autonomous community of Spain. Located north of La Mancha, south of Mondéjar and east of Vinos de Madrid, Uclés is one of the loftier designations in central Spain. A group of local producers formed a committee in 2002 to promote the area and push for ‘Destination of Origin’ status, which it received in 2005. Bodegas Fontana was a major contributor in bringing about thèse changes.
Jesús Cantarero, the current owner, has now brought together a highly experienced, eclectic, multi-national team of wine professionals, including Sam Harrop MW,who produce authentic, contemporary wines of great purity and freshness. The wines offered range from expressive, organically grown varietals to terroir-driven, single vineyard selections with real depth and complexity.
The Mesta was a powerful association of shepherds in Medieval Castile, controlling the routes for herding sheep across the country. Our vineyards are nestled deep in the land of the Mesta, and are still passed over by flocks on their annual migration, a reminder of ancient rights and a cultural cue for continuing co-existence with nature. Trough organic viticulture and respectful winemaking, we produce wines of great purity, reflecting the unique personality of our land and grape varieties.
Produced from their own, organically farmed vineyards in Uclés (Castile, Spain). Managed as an integrated ecosystem and studded with centenary oak trees. The continental climate with sunny days and cool nights allows them to achieve intense fruit and excellent varietal definition, while retaining remarkable freshness. Grapes are picked at night or in the early morning hours and shipped quickly to their state-of the-art winery for destalking, light crushing and fermentation under controlled temperature in stainless steel. Maceration lasts for 8-10 days to achieve a perfectly balanced style without excessive extraction. No oak is used for a pure expression of high-altitude Garnacha from the heart of Spain.
A juicy, fleshy unoaked red wine, showing great purity with expressive and well-defined aromas of black cherries and strawberries over subtle notes of spice, herbs and more-ish minerality. Bright ruby red colour. Fresh and with an excellent persistence on the palate. Versatile, medium to full bodied food wine, excellent with grilled, stewed and braised meats as well as pasta and tapas. Yum !
RRP $18 Our Price $14.50
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