Campo de Borja, Aragon
Bodegas Borsao is one of only 17 wineries in Aragon. Known as "The Empire of Garnacha" Campo de Borja, within Aragon, has more than 5,000 hectares of Garnacha planted, which accounts for over 60% of all production in the region. Some vineyards in Campo de Borja date back to 1145, and over 2,000 are between 30 and 50 years old. The low-yielding, old vines of Campo de Borja are known for producing rich, structured and complex wines. The Tocado is harvested from vines ranging from 10-15 years old, grown on chalky soils. Growing on the hillsides, between 450-550 meters, the Tocado's fruit is less exposed to frost, but still is susceptible to the destructive northerly 'Cierzo' winds and drought. 85% Garnacha, blended with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Tempranillo. Each variety is vinified separately and blended just prior to bottling. Serve at 16 degrees by 2017.
Core of deep ruby with cherry edges and a narrow watery rim.
With little effort, the flavours billow out of the glass. With closer inspection, we're reminded of fruit baking in the summer sun on a picnic, warm plums and cherries, brambly and wild dark fruits with some spice. Plum, black cherry, raspberry, green peppercorn and a touch of a cherry cola.
On the tip of the tongue expect bright cherries. Zingy acidity moistens the sides of the tongue, cleansing the palate. More of the cherry and spice translate from the nose onto the palate, with hints of the bramble and cola. A value-priced wine, Tocado offers great kick and spice!
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