This is 'Traditional' Spanish wine in the very best sense. Aged for 10 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 (2009 Vintage)
"Tempranillo grapes were hand picked from 30 year-old vines in stony vineyards – Valdepeñas means “valley of rocks” – 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.
An intense dark red shading to brick red at the rim. A range of different characteristics can be identified on the nose – black cherry fruit, spicy notes of leather and musk, tobacco and vanilla oak. Medium to full bodied with some finesse, concentrated red fruit compote flavours and smooth, mellow tannins on the finish."
Reviews for previous vintage below…
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, June 2019 (2007 Vintage)
"Magnificently matured and complex, the wine offers sweet berry notes together with toasted spice, smoky bacon, almond and earthy mushroom nuances. It is seductively expressed with gorgeous fruit ripeness as well as layers of savoury nuances and fine texture. Soothing, gratifying and hugely appealing."
92/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, August 2019 (2007 Vintage)
"Mellow but still pleasantly fresh, medium-bodied tempranillo with violet, raspberry, vanilla and spicy oak flavours. I’m impressed to discover a wine of this age and quality at this very affordable price. An elegant rather than blockbuster red."