Pago de los Balagueses – Garnacha Tintorera Merlot
Pago de los Balagueses – Garnacha Tintorera Merlot. Deep cherry-red hue, medium-high brilliant rim. Enjoys an intense bouquet of crisp red and black fruit, freshly balsamic, evoking the lower slopes, aromatic herbs and deep toasted notes. Delicious, soft on the palate with a liquorice aftertaste.
Pago de los Balagueses – Garnacha Tintorera Merlot - VINTAGE 2014
Characterised by the dry conditions facing the goblet trained vines grown “en secano”, without irrigation and suffering almost until the stress threatens their survival.
The sugar levels were considerable with low acidity and without doubt the wines had concentration. The white grapes would not have been forgiving without being at the optimum ripeness for harvesting but the fruit was healthy achieving correct phenolic maturity despite late summer rain and a cooler september.
Garnacha Tintorera (70 %) Merlot (30 %). The vines trained on trellising with an age of over 30 year located at an altitude of over 780 m, in the Pago de Los Balagueses; an enclave of 3 hectares amidst pine tree forests, aromatic plants and almond trees. The viticulture follows natural, cultural, practices with ecological certification and yields of under 1.8kg per vine.
The harvest was from select vineyard parcels of low production, performed during the first week of october at the moment of optimum grape maturation.
We followed the “traditional methods” of wine making managing to extract the typicity of the variety. Stalk removal and gentle crush of the grapes with pre-fermentation maceration at low temperature.
10 months in 225 l French oak barrel – 70 % new oak and 30 % used oak. Crianza on it´s fine lees employing the technique of “Lee Stirring” in the cask using a rod by hand to achieve a richer, fullness on the palate. Bottle aging of one year before release.
Dense garnet colour, intense expressive of purple flowers, compote of very ripe black fruit, balsamics with toast and vanilla spice developing upon aeration.
Medium bodied with supple soft tannins, small sweet black fruit, balanced acidity with sustained lingering palate.
AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS
- 93 points Guía Peñín 2017
- Gold Medal in International Contest of Wines and Spirits CINVE 2016
- Gold Medal International Wine Guide Catavinum 2016
- Bronze medal Decanter 2016
Alc/Vol.: 14.63 %
Total acidity: 5.19 g/l tartaric
Residual sugar: 4.38 g/l
Free sulphur: 32.20 mg/l
Service temperature: 16 C°