BODEGAS ARRAYAN Garnacha de Arrayan
CSPC + 789104
Region: Gredos, Castillo Y Leon, Spain
Varietal: 100% Garnacha
This medium-extract wine is a vivid cherry red in colour. Floral aromas with notes of fennel and orange peel. Long, structured silky mouth. Strongly mineral aftertaste. Overall, it is an elegant Garnacha, typical of the slate hills of Cebreros.
"A delicate, high-altitude Garnacha that is very pure and intense in red cherry characters. Fresh, fruity and textured on the palate, with a long finish and a lovely touch of regional rusticity. Drink 2018 - 2025."
"...There is ripeness in the fruit and some influence from the élevage for my taste. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins and a wide mineral sensation with hints of iron. It shows good soil and variety character."
"Candied red fruit and some mineral character on the nose. Full to medium body and firm tannins. Ripe and flavorful on the finish. Simple wine perfect with some Spanish tapas. Drink now."
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."
Winemaking Notes from Wine Advocate:
"The one Garnacha that is not sourced from the province of Toledo, and therefore is not a wine from Méntrida, is the 2014 Garnacha de Arrayán. This is produced with grapes from an old plot in the zone know as Los Galayos in the village of Cebreros in the province of Ávila and, therefore, is a Vino de la Tierra Castilla León. But, political appellations don't really matter, and this is a Gredos Garnacha from a slope with a 32% incline with slate soils at 960 meters altitude. It was hand-harvested and fermented with 40% full clusters in a 4,200-liter French oak vat, where the wine matured after fermentation and racking for some 16 months."
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.
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