Valdejalón is located in the large region of Aragón, in the province of Zaragoza, in northeastern Spain. There are a wide range of wines produced from many varietals in this region, from Macabeo and Chardonnay, to Tempranillo and Syrah. Bodegas Frontonio nurtures 25 hectares of Grenache here, with vines of various ages. Botijo Rojo is a limited production micro wine, straight from the garage of Fernando Mora and Mario Lopez. It is named after the ancient clay water container still used by today's growers to keep drinking water cool in Spain’s hot, dry climate. We love Grenache; it is incredibly versatile and comes in many styles. Originating from Spain, Grenache can range from light and fruity to rugged and mineral and can now be found globally. Another reason to love this varietal; it makes the perfect pairing to many dishes- depending on the style you can find fresh acidity, juiciness, solid tannins, minerality and spice. Still very fresh, we suggest enjoying before 2019 and chill to 16C.
Medium-light, jewel toned, raspberry colour.
Inviting and fresh, with plump red berries and brambly fruits. Taking the back seat, there is a touch of slate, pink peppercorns and juniper give a touch of spice. We note a sweet smoke and malty aroma, like ketchup chips.
This style of Grenache is light and refreshing; produced from 35-45 year old Grenache vineyards and fermented in stainless steel tanks, with no ageing in barrels. Even with medium-light body, there is a tonne of flavour. Fuzzy raspberry, tart cherry and briar patch carry through to the finish. Lightly sticky tannins are drying on the side of the tongue with medium + acidity.
Swap out your typical Pinot and salmon pairing, this Grenache will match perfectly with a BBQ salmon. Season with S&P and a maple-smoke rub.
Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Clairette
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