BODEGAS ARRAYAN La Suerte Garnacha
AB CSPC + 781955
BC CSPC +233349
Region: Gredos, D.O. Mentrida, Spain
Varietal: 100% Garnacha
Production: 1,000 cases
Undertones of spice and flowers a add a degree of profundity - this is so laden with fresh red fruit aromas, so succulent on the palate, that no other word will do: La Suerte de Arrayán is juicy and proud. A bottle is likely to disappear fairly rapidly, particularly if it accompanies an al fresco lunch.
An earthy and chocolatey wine with full-body and generous powdery tannins. Drinking well now.
"The first Garnacha from Gredos is the 2014 La Suerte de Arrayán, and it is produced with grapes from the village of El Real de San Vicente in the Gredos Mountains within the Méntrida appellation. They used 30% full clusters for the fermentation with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats, and the élevage was carried out in used 300- and 500-liter oak barrels and lasted 12 months. The Garnacha from the village, planted at some 750 meters altitude on granite soils, is usually very elegant, aromatic and floral, but this time I found a warmish, Châtauneuf-like ripeness with hints of cherries in liqueur and decayed flowers. There is more precision and delineation in the palate where the texture provided by the granite is noticeable and there is a better sense of freshness. This is a nicely crafted Garnacha."
Garnacha /gar NAH cha/
a.k.a. Grenache (France, US, Australia) a.k.a. Cannonau (Sardinia)
In Spain, Garnacha is the second most-planted red-wine grape variety, surpassed only by its modern blending partner Tempranillo. It is grown in almost every area of Spain, but most notably in the north and east – it is the key constituent in the prestigious wines of Priorat. In France, Grenache is most widely planted in the southern Rhone Valley and throughout both Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon. It is most commonly found alongside Syrah and Mourvedre in the classic Southern Rhone Blend, and is the main grape variety in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
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.
Soil: alluvial, sandy loam with an acid PH and high silicate content
Altitude: 750 meters above sea level
Planting Density: 3,968 / hectare
Winemaking: Fermentation in small stainless steel tanks with some of the stem. Gentle treading and low temperature fermentation.
Aging: Twelve months in French oak casks
Production: 1,416 cases made