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El Abuelo

Reserva

Grape variety: 50% Monastrell, 30% Garnacha Tintorera y 20% Tempranillo.

 

D.O.P.:  Almansa

 

Current vintage: 2015

 

Vineyard: 50-900 metres altitude, 45-65-year-old dry-farmed bush vines and trellised, organic farming methods, nutrient-poor and limestone-rich soil, scarce rainfall.

 

Ageing: 12 months

 

Type of cask: American fine grain medium-toasted oak casks (300 L).

 

Awards: 

  • COMMENDED – Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 (2015 vintage)
  • SILVER – Mundus Vini 2017 (2014 vintage)
  • COMMENDED – Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 (2014 vintage)
  • GOLD – Berliner Wein Trophy 2016 (2013 vintage). 
  • SILVER – Mundus Vini 2016 (2013 vintage). 
  • SILVER – Mundus Vini 2015 (2012 vintage). 
  • GOLD – Mundus Vini 2014 (2011 vintage).

 

Vinification: High-altitude Monastrell, Garnacha Tintorera and Tempranillo grapes are sourced from dry-farmed 45-65-year-old bush vines from our best vineyard plots. Grapes are harvested from the beginning of September (Tempranillo) to the end of October (Monastrell) followed by a hand-selection of the ripest bunches at the winery and maceration and fermentation of each variety separately during three to four weeks at 27-28 °C. The young wine of each variety is racked several times to remove the heaviest lees and then stored in stainless steel tanks for 8-10 months prior to blending the various varieties and ageing the wine for 12 months in 300 litre fine grain medium-toasted American oak casks. The wine is then bottled after undergoing gentle filtration and aged for a minimum of 9-12 months in bottle prior to release.

 

Tasting notes: Ruby-coloured with a cherry-brick rim, this finely balanced Reserva red wine offers a complex nose of raspberries, stewed plums, and spices with vanilla notes. Rich and delicate on the palate with great depth and a lingering smooth finish. The Reserva red wine goes well with red meats dishes of all kinds, game birds, and also grilled fish dishes.

 

Serving temperature: Best served at 16-18 °C.

El Abuelo

Crianza

Grape variety: 50% Monastrell, 30% Tempranillo y 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

D.O.P.:  Almansa

 

Current vintage: 2016

 

Vineyard: 750-850 metres altitude, 25-45-year-old dry-farmed bush vines and trellised, organic farming methods, nutrient-poor and limestone-rich soil, scarce rainfall.

 

Ageing: 6 months.

 

Type of cask: American fine grain medium-toasted oak casks (300 L).

 

Awards: 

  • BRONZE – DECANTER 2018 (2016 vintage)
  • COMMENDED – Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 (2015 vintage)
  • GOLD – Berliner Wein Trophy 2016 (2014 vintage). 
  • SILVER – Mundus Vini 2016 (2014 vintage). 
  • SILVER – Mundus Vini 2015 (2013 vintage). 
  • SILVER – Mundus Vini 2014 (2012 vintage). 
  • GOLD – Berliner Wein Trophy 2012 (2010 vintage).

 

Vinification: High-altitude Monastrell, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are sourced from trellised and bush vines that are 25-45 years old. Grapes are harvested from the end of September, followed by maceration with the skins and then fermentation during 15 days.

 

Tasting notes: Rich, tasty red with vibrant plum flavours on the palate and aromas of prunes, black pepper and leather on the nose. Medium-bodied with good acidity, this wine drinks well on its own or with grilled, roasted or fried dishes, barbecued red meats, cured meat (jamón, chorizo, etc.) and mild cheese.

 

Serving temperature: Best served at 16-18 °C.

El Abuelo

Tempranillo – Monastrell

“Unoaked wine made from sustainably-grown grapes from our select plots located at the heart of the Almansa region at an altitude of over 750m”

 

Grape variety: 70% Monastrell, 30% Tempranillo

 

D.O.P.:  Almansa

 

Current vintage: 2018

 

Vineyard: 25-35-year-old dry-farmed bush vines 750-850 metres altitude organic farming methods nutrient-poor and limestone-rich soil scarce rainfall.

 

Vinification: High-altitude Monastrell and Tempranillo grapes are sourced from dry-farmed 25-35-year-old bush & trellised vines from select vineyard plots. Grapes are harvested from the beginning of September(Tempranillo) to the end of October (Monastrell) maceration and fermentation of each variety separately during three to four weeks at 27-28 °C.

 

Tasting notes: Vibrant deep colour with rich aromas of red summer fruit, cassis and sage. Medium-bodied with well integrated and finely polished juicy tannins, persistent and soft on the palate with an intense silky fruit-forward finish. Enjoy this rich red on its own or with grilled, roasted or fried dishes, barbecued red meats, rice and pasta dishes, cured salted meats (jamón, chorizo, etc.) and semi-cured cheeses.

 

Serving temperature: Best served at 16-18 °C

El Abuelo

Garnacha – Tintorera

“Unoaked wine made from sustainably-grown grapes from our select plots located at the heart of the Almansa region at an altitude of over 750m”

 

Grape variety: 100% Garnacha Tintorera (Ecológico).

 

D.O.P.:  Almansa

 

Current vintage: 2018

 

Vineyard: 25-35-year-old dry-farmed bush vines 750-850 metres altitude organic farming methods nutrient-poor and limestone-rich soil scarce rainfall.

 

Vinification: Garnacha Tintorera grapes, indigenous to the D.O.P. Almansa wine region and unique for their dark purple flesh, are sourced from trellised and bush vines of 25-35 years of age. Grapes are harvested during the second week of September followed by a very short maceration with the skins to preserve the fruit and soften the tannins and then fermentation at low temperature during 15 days.

 

Tasting notes: Garnacha Tintorera characteristically has a vibrant deep colour with rich aromas of cassis, sweet strawberries and raspberries and sage. On the palate, this unoaked medium-bodied red wine is full of lingering flavours of ripe plums, black pepper and herbs. Enjoy this smooth red on its own or with grilled, roasted or fried dishes, barbecued red meats, rice dishes, cured salted meats (jamón, chorizo, etc.) and mild cheese.

 

Serving temperature: Best served at 16-18 °C

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Verdejo – Sauvignon Blanc

“Unoaked wine made from sustainably-grown grapes from our select plots located at the heart of the Almansa region at an altitude of over 750m”

 

Grape variety:  65% Verdejo, 35% Sauvignon Blanc

 

D.O.P.:  Almansa

 

Current vintage: 2018

 

Vineyard: 15-20-year-old dry-farmed bush vines 750-850 metres altitude organic farming methods nutrient-poor and limestone-rich soil scarce rainfall.

 

Ageing: 2-3 months on fine lees with regular bâtonnage.

 

Vinification: Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc grapes sourced from our coolest high-altitude vines are carefully selected and harvested at night during the first two weeks of September and then fermented at low temperature for around 2 weeks.Aged for a further 2-3months on fine lees with regular manual bâtonnage.

 

Tasting notes: Fresh and crisp medium-bodied white wine with intense citrus, lime and tropical notes and a persistent finish.Food-friendly wine to enjoy with dishes such as grilled salmon, seared scallops, chicken, rice dishes, a fresh summer salad or simply on its own.

 

Serving temperature: Best served at 6-8 °C