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.
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