The second wine from Bodegas Vegamar that we featured in November packs, the Huella de Garnacha captures all the charm and approachability that make this grape a favourite here at WineCollective. Huella translates to 'footprint' or 'mark,' and the series of wines under these labels seek to faithfully express the inherent qualities of the grapes they're made from.
Located in Valencia, on Spain's warm Mediterranean coast, Bodegas Vegamar has embraced not only the French grapes that have found a home in the region but also the native grapes that have always thrived there. The climate is quite hot and dry, which Garnacha loves - and it allows the grapes to ripen fully while retaining great complexity and approachable softness.
Serve at a cool 18 C and enjoy over the next 3-5 years.
Ripe red berries are the star of the show here, with plenty of raspberry, field strawberry, and currants. There's a hint of jamminess, but it doesn't come across as sweet, with enough tart red fruit to keep things balanced.
Plenty more red fruit on the palate of this medium-bodied Garnacha, with bright, cleansing acidity to complement the ripe tannins. It's smooth and elegant, finishing dry, with loads of fresh raspberry, red plum, and cherry, backed by hints of campfire smoke and vanilla from the oak. Juicy, balanced, and fresh - this is a year-round red!
Enjoy with Spain's national dish, which comes from the same region as this wine: Paella! But keep it traditional, and opt for sausage, chicken, and rabbit instead of seafood. Or match with a hearty stew with plenty of fall root veggies.
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