Niel Santofimia 2017
Varieties: 85% Garnacha Tintorera, 15% Merlot
The D.O. Almansa, where this winery is located in the southeast of the province
of Albacete (Castile-La Mancha, Spain), in the transition zone between the high
central plateau (La Mancha) and the Mediterranean Sea. The vineyards are mostly
around the towns of Almansa, Alpera, Bonete, Corral-Rubio, Higueruela, HoyaGonzalo, Pétrola and El Villar de Chinchilla. This D.O. is the highest producer of
Garnacha Tintorera worldwide, which is indigenous to this region.
The climate is continental (long, hot summers, cold winters). Rainfall is sparse (350 mm
per annum) and sporadic usually in spring and autumn in the form of violent storms,
often in the form of hail. Temperatures can reach 38°C in summer and -6°C in winter.
The grapes for this wine come from vineyards that are 30 years-old on average,
planted in permeable lime-bearing soils that are poor in nutrients, and located on the
town of Almansa at an altitude of 800-1,000 meters above sea level.
The grapes are hand-harvested. The wine is fermented for 15 days in stainless steel
closed tanks. It was aged for more than 3 months in French oak barrels before bottling.
Tasting notes: Opaque ruby. Dark berries, licorice, candied flowers and a hint of olive on the pungent nose and in the mouth. I’d have guessed that there was some Syrah floating around in here. Round and fleshy in texture; a spicy element adds back-end lift and cut. Closes smooth and warm, displaying good energy and just a whisper of dusty tannins.