La Garnacha Salvaje del Moncayo


There’s a lovely off the beaten track mountain wilderness (salvaje means wild) to this old-vine Garnacha (aka Grenache), one of six under the the creative Vintae’s Proyecto Garnachas banner that showcase the grape variety from old vineyards in different areas of the Ebro Valley in northeast Spain. Like Gamay and Zinfandel, the old vines of Grenache are a timeless wonder. They are the Clint Eastwood of vitis vinifera: gnarled by age with a tough-as-nails exterior and no sign of retirement on the horizon. What they lack in quantity, they make up for in quality: grape clusters from old-vine Grenache (think 60-100 years old) can create wines of supple fruit, spicy character and rocket-fueled energy. This one is no exception, the Salvaje vineyards lie on rocky soils at 820m above sea level, on the north face of the Moncayo massif mountain chain, where Navarra and Aragón meet and the Atlantic influence brings mouthwatering freshness and clarity to the generous raspberry, wild herb and pepper flavours this wine induces. It doesn’t need food, but it’s very accommodating: spot on with roast peppers, aubergine, tomatoes and onions and with spicy sausages such as chorizo. It would be equally good with roast root vegetables, slow-roast lamb or pork, baked spiced duck legs or a ham joint and would make a good barbecue all-rounder.


Tasting Notes from Pinto Wines

Colour  Medium-deep garnet colour with bright red edge
Nose Intense and elegant red berry fruit character, with tobacco and wild herbs notes
Palate Rich and fruity with well balanced freshness. Elegant, with unique varietal characteristics and long aftertaste

Fact Sheet

Size 75 cl
Grape Variety 100% Garnacha
Alcohol % 13.5%
Style Medium Bodied Unoaked
Estate/Producer Vintae by Raúl Acha
Country Spain
Region Aragón Sub-Region: Moncayo
Vintage 2018
Vinification Manual harvest of selected grapes.Maceration for 2 weeks, fermentation in vats at the temperature bellow 25ºC  ageing 5 months in French oak barrels
Closure Natural Cork
Cellaring/Ageing Potential Drink Now with some ageing potential


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