BODEGAS ARRAYAN Estela de Arrayan
CSPC + 789106
Region: Méntrida DO, Spain
Varietal: 55% Syrah, 20% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot
only 382 cases made
The top of the range. Deep cherry red colour with purplish hues. Very expressive nose of notable finesse. Hints of ripe fruit, sour cherry and spices with flowery references. Nicely structured in the mouth with plenty of body. Outstandingly elegant, long, lingering finish. This is a wine for laying down and for drinking any time in the next ten years.
"Dense and oaky with pronounced licorice character, this is quite a massive syrah-dominated blend. Neither as long or as deep as the nose suggests, this needs drinking soon."
Praise For Arrayan from Decanter Magazine:
"Arrayan’s success is symbolic of the renewed energy and enthusiasm in some of Spain’s forgotten regions – in this case Méntrida. The approach may be modern, but it is based on the old vines and history of Garnacha in the region. The vineyard is on poor sandy soils at 700m – just the kind of higher-altitude site sought to prevent the resulting wine from toppling over into blowsiness. The project was launched in 1988 with the help of two top names: the Australian viticultural expert Richard Smart, who has worked across the Iberian peninsula, and in the winery the enthusiastic and insightful Miguel Angel de Gregorio of Rioja’s Finca Allende."
Region & Vineyard Notes
Méntrida is a Spanish Denominacion de Origen (DO) in the province of Toledo, Spain, near Madrid. The continental-Mediterranean climate is characterised by extreme temperature variations, from harsh winters to hot summers. The soil is alluvial, from the erosion of the granite massifs in Spain's central plateau, and is basically sandy loam in the gullies, with an acid pH and a high silicate content. No chemical herbicides or fertilisers are used; manure is applied as a soil improver.