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2017

La Cueva Old Vines

Grenache

Campo de Borja, Spain

Alc. 14 %

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$24.99
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The viticulture and winemaking history of Spain stretches back over 1,000 years, and both the traditional methods and modern technologies are an integral part of the production of this wine. Strongly established throughout Spain, Grenache has its origins within the church, produced by monks and used during religious practices, it has continued to be strongly rooted (pun intended) within the Spanish culture.

Found in abundance in various regions across France (core varietal of Châteauneuf-du-Pape), and more often in 'new-world' regions like California (think up and coming 'Rhône Rangers') and Australia. Like almost all varietals, Grenache (Grenacha) has its own list of lengthy synonyms, keep an eye out for Cannonau, Garnatxa, Grenache Noir, and Alicante. Grenache has a strong fan base globally. Why Grenache? This Grenache is fruity and approachable with soft tannins, this will make for an excellent everyday wine as it plays well with almost any dish! Enjoy within the next 2 years at 17 C.

Look

Bright cran-raspberry red that gives a jewelled ruby tone when swirled.

Smell

A juicy nose that exhibits plump berries and red plum, with an underlying brambly character that offers a wild and earthy tone. Freshly cracked black peppercorns give our nose a bit of spice, partnered with a stronger herbaceousness with raspberry leaf.

Taste

Following a boisterous aroma of bold fruits, the palate is slightly restrained and needs a bit of coaxing. Although there is no need to decant, aerating or swirling will help round out the palate. The fruit flavours show a less ripe version of themselves, and we like that little bit of tartness found from cranberries. For a lighter bodied red, there is ample flavour, solid acidity and a tannin level that gives us a sufficient drying sensation.

Pairing

Game night in! Grab the Settlers of Catan, Monopoly, or Sorry and crack a bottle or two (or more). A solid red wine for nachos, pizza and good company.

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