2009 Gran Reserva, 7 Years
Valdepeñas DO – Spain
Winemaker: Alfonso Astasio
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 (25-28º C) in stainless steel tanks for 8-10 days. The wine was then matured for at least twenty-four months in oak barriques with varying toasting levels.
2009 has been rated “Very Good” by the Valdepeñas DO. Generally, the climate and therefore grape harvest, is remarkably consistent in this part of Spain.
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.
Food match: Game, roast beef and other grilled red meats, rich vegetarian dishes and mature cheeses.
International Wine Challenge 2015 – Bronze Medal (2007 Vintage)
Selections Mondiales des Vins Canada 2014 – Gold Medal (2006 Vintage)
Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
Oak ageing: 24 months
Barrels: American and French oak
RS: < 4 g/l