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2015 Altacena Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Tempranillo

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Top Spanish winemaker Javier Murua takes fruit from Manchuela – the top vineyards in the foothills of La Mancha – to create a remarkably serious Spanish red full of savoury tobacco and wild strawberry fruits. It is a belter to liven up chops and three veg or even a cheeky Paella.

With 91 points from Kiwi critic Sam Kim, this will become your house red this winter.

Winemaker's Notes

Region: Manchuela (Castilla La Mancha). The commune of Manchuela is located in the foothills of mountains in the far east of La Mancha. Moderate summer days and cold autumn nights courtesy of the region’s high altitude result in elegant wines with intensely flavours and nicely balanced structure and tannin.

Winemaking: Totally de-stemmed with a short cold soak before a long, cool fermentation with daily pump-overs to achieve optimum fruit and colour. The core of the blend was aged in stainless steel before three months maturation in seasoned French and American oak. A component of up to ten percent of de-classified Rioja (due to volume constrainers not quality) is added to the blend three months before bottling.

2015 Vintage: After several uncertain and inconsistent vintages, 2015 was a breath of rather warm air. A very hot and dry vintage with record breaking July temperatures was moderated by the high altitude of Manchuela and the age of the vineyards. Light rain and cooler weather in autumn revitalised the vines before a trouble free harvest and outstanding, intensely flavoured fruit.

Tasting Note: Dark red in colour with a lifted and expansive nose of ripe dark berries, plums and smoked spice. The palate is supple and opulently fruited with a core of ripe red berried fruit, cherry cola and subtle oak, all framed by fine savoury tannins. The wine nicely balances drinkability and quality with excellent depth of fruit balanced by a defined structure and impressive length.

Grape Variety: 90% Tempranillo, 5% Shiraz, 5% Garnacha.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2015 Altacena Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Tempranillo

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Sam Kim (2015 Vintage) says
It is beautifully ripe and fragrant on the nose showing spiced cherry, dark plum, mixed spice and toasted almond characters with a hint of game complexity. The palate is juicy and rounded with bright fruit intensity, wonderfully supported by supple tannins. The wine combines attractive fruit flavours with appealing savoury undertones.

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