2012 Reserva, 5 Years
Valdepeñas DO – Spain
Winemaker: Maria José Marchante
Winery: Bodegas Navalón
VINEYARDS & WINEMAKING
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.
Fermentation was at controlled temperatures (26-28º C) in stainless steel tanks for 8-10 days. The wine was then matured for at least twelve months in oak barriques with varying toasting levels.
2012 has been rated “Excellent” by the Valdepeñas DO. Generally, the climate and therefore grape harvest, is remarkably consistent in this part of Spain.
A ruby coloured wine shading to brick red towards the rim. Complex aromas of balsamic and liquorice combine with vanilla, spice and rich fruit compote on the nose. Appealing ripe berry and cherry fruit flavours come through at first taste, followed by balanced tannins and a smooth, satisfying finish.
Food match: Roast lamb and other grilled red meats, stews and mature cheeses.
International Wine Challenge 2017 – Silver
Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 – Bronze
Medal Top 100 Wines of Spain Awards 2015
Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
Oak ageing: 12 months (minimum)
Barrels: American, Hungarian and French oak
RS: < 3 g/l