Mesta Garnacha 2017
The Mesta Garnacha is a juicy, fleshy unoaked red wine, showing great purity and typicity of high-altitude Garnacha vines full of vibrant red fruit flavours in a soft and easy style.
Producer Note - Mesta is a range of organically and sustainably grown single varietal wines, which stylishly showcase the Spanish wine revolution under the symbol of the Mesta. Mesta was a powerful alliance of sheep ranchers in medieval Castile, who controlled the cañadas: the traditional rights of way for migrating sheep. To this day the cañadas are protected from being blocked or built upon, a reminder of ancient rights and a model of coexistence with nature. This modern range, from the fashionable DO Uclés in central Castile, offers wines of great purity and varietal typicity.
Vintage - 2017 was a year of very low rainfall. Some sporadic showers took place in the early autumn, but no rain fell during the spring or summer growing season. Spring frosts did not occur. The high temperatures and absence of rain resulted in the earliest harvest in these vineyards producing grapes of an excellent concentration, albeit with significantly reduced yields. It was the smallest harvest so far.
Vineyard - The grapes are grown in high-altitude vineyards in the northernmost part of Central Castile, where the continental climate enjoys sunny days and cool nights. This diurnal temperature difference encourages grapes with intense fruit and excellent varietal definition, which retaining remarkable freshness. The vineyards are sustainably managed and organically farmed as part of an integrated ecosystem. Low annual rainfall results in low disease pressure, enabling the vines to be grown without the aid of fungicides. Fertilisers have never been used, only organic manure is applied and weed control is managed by a low, superficial tilling. Rain water is collected in a small reservoir and is used for drip irrigation in the case of extreme drought.
Winemaking - Grapes were picked in the early morning and immediately transported to the stateof-the-art winery. The berries were destalked, lightly crushed and fermented under temperature controlled conditions in stainless steel tanks. A post fermentation maceration lasted for eight to 10 days in order to achieve a perfectly balanced style without excessive extraction. The wine was made in an unoaked style to achieve a pure expression of the fruit.
Tasting Note - A juicy, fleshy unoaked red wine, showing great purity and typicity of high-altitude Garnacha vines from the heart of Spain. Expressive and well-defined notes of rich, red berried fruits and hints of violet are supported by supple tannins and excellent persistence.
Serving Suggestion - Excellent with spicy meat dishes and stews.
Grape Garnacha 99%, Other Varieties 1%
Winemaker: Tomás Buendía & Sam Harrop
Region: Central Castile Sub region: Uclés Country: Spain
BodyValue: B (A is light, E is full bodied)
Residual Sugar: 4.5
Contains Sulphites: Yes