Garnacha de Arrayán is arguably this Central Spain bodega’s ensign creation by winemaker Maite Sanchez. An elegant Garnacha representative of the slate hills of Cebreros in the Sierra de Gredos mountain range. Same as sister wine La Suerte, subsequent vintages of Garnacha de Arrayán have consistently achieved top positions in tasting rankings of relevance. This one has been rated with 93 points by Pedro Ballesteros, MW as published by Decanter magazine in March 2018. Garnacha naturally produces easy-drinking wines with a balanced acidity, red berry notes and not too much body or colour. In this case, the altitude and soil contribute with an appealing turf aftertaste hint.
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Wine name: Garnacha de Arrayán
Type of wine: Red
Vintage year: 2014
Grape varieties: Garnacha
Winery: Bodegas Arrayán
Production area: El Real de San Vicente, Toledo
Appellation: Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon
Alcohol content: (Vol.): 15.0%
Wood ageing: 16 months
Type of wood: French oak
Ageing in bottle: n.a.
Number of bottles produced: 6.534 bottles
Winemaking: Vatting of selected grapes at low temperature in open casks with 35 percent of stems, without pressing. Spontaneous fermentation with gentle punching-in. Maceration for 28 days.
Colour: Cherry red
Rim: Garnet red
Body: Medium to full bodied
Cherry, blackberry, floral, orange zest, fennel, vanilla, clove, turf
Berrylike, lively, elegant, supple, velvety, mineral
ACCOLADES93 points by Pedro Ballesteros, MW "Top 10 Spanish young guns", Decanter magazine, March 2018
|Spain geographical indications||VT Castilla y León|