BODEGAS ARRAYAN Seleccion
CSPC + 789101
Region: D.O. Méntrida, Spain
Varietal: 30% Syrah, 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot
Aromas of ripe fruit and spices. Hints of cigar box and leather. Deep and bold with purple plum and red berry flavors. Nice, elegant tannins give a long finish.
"This could almost be an Australian Shiraz due to the ripe blackberry and chocolate nose. A big, rich wine with plenty of dry tannins that give it at least five years of ageing potential."
"Even if it feels out of place among the Garnacha bottlings, the 2014 Selección is a noteworthy and not banal blend of 30% each Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon complemented by 10% Petit Verdot. The vines were planted in 1999 on granite-based soils; its destemmed grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in well-seasoned French barriques for ten months. It has a roasted, ripe and black fruit character with the balsamic and herbal notes from the French varieties. I feel the influence of the Petit Verdot quite a lot here. It's a nicely crafted, international red blend for fans of the style. There are plenty of tannins and influence from the oak. In need of powerful food."
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.
Soil: sandy soils of granite origin
Altitude: 600 meters above sea level
Winemaking: The grapes were destemmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts
Aging: 8 months in French oak barriques
Production: 5,600 cases