This is 'Traditional' Spanish wine in the very best sense. Aged for 7 years in the cellars before release – where else can you get a wine like this and for 'how much?'… amazing really. Tempranillo from hand-picked 30 year old vines in the Valdepeñas region of La Mancha, Central Spain. Even with this much time in the bottle the wine still tastes like it will have a good few years of life left in it yet.
Winery notes (2013 Vintage)
"Tempranillo grapes were hand picked from 30 year-old vines in stony vineyards – Valdepeñas means “valley of stones” – in late August/early September. The soils are clayey lime and there is a chalky layer which retains water to refresh the vines. Altitude helps moderate summer heat, as the climate in Valdepeñas is classic continental, with cold winters and long hot, dry summers. The wine was then matured for at least eighteen months in oak barriques with varying toasting levels.
An intense red shading to tawny at the rim. A range of different characteristics can be identified on the nose – black cherry fruit, balsamic, leather, tobacco and vanilla oak. Medium to full bodied with real finesse, concentrated red fruit flavours, mellow tannins and a smooth finish."
92/100 Cameron Douglas MS, April 2022 (2013 Vintage)
"Aromas of sweet oak and dark berries, plums and forest floor, black currant and aged meats, cinnamon and clove, pressed flowers and tilled soil qualities. Complex and engaging. Flavours of fresh and dried berries led by raspberry and plum then red currant and a licorice, vanilla and clove quality. An abundance of chalk dust tannins, moderate acidity and warming alcohol deliver a decent foundation and mouthfeel. Classic, fresh and delicious. A winter wine awaits. Best drinking from day of purchase and through 2028."