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*El Abuelo Garnacha Tintorera*




*El Abuelo Garnacha Tintorera*

Garnacha Tintorera

Almansa, Spain

Alc. 14 %


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One of the many joys of learning about wine is coming across a grape variety you've never heard of before, so at WineCollective, we're always on the hunt for the rare and unusual to share with our members. Bodegas Piqueras' El Abuelo is our latest find, and we're sure you'll enjoy it as much as we do! It's made from a grape called Garnacha Tintorera (also known as Alicante Bouschet in France), which has the distinction of being one of the few red-skinned grape varieties that has dark red pulp. This unique feature has made it a prized blending grape, since this red flesh, coupled with a thick-skinned berry, can contribute intense colour to otherwise pale wines. On its own, it makes richly-hued wines, especially in the semi-arid Spanish wine region of Almansa, which Bodegas Piqueras calls home. Poor, well-draining soils and very little rainfall create ideal conditions for dry-farming grapes using organic practices. Named El Abuelo (the grandfather) in tribute to Luis, the man who founded the winery in 1915, Bodegas Piqueras' Garnacha Tintorera is a textbook expression of this unusual (and unusually delicious!) grape. Enjoy over the next 5 years at about 18 ºC.


Reminiscent of parent grape Garnacha on the nose, this aromatic red shows notes of cherry, wild strawberry, and bramble. There's a hint of dusty earth underneath, along with some savoury herbs, balsamic, and cola.


Full-bodied on the palate, with restrained, balanced tannins thanks to shortened skin contact during winemaking. The use of stainless steel rather than oak keeps the fruit flavours to the fore, with plenty of plum, red currant, blackberry, and cherry, along with a pleasant earthiness. The long finish highlights the fresh acidity that helps balance the intense dark fruit.


This is not a shy wine, so go bold with your pairings and match with a charcoal-grilled steak, slow-smoked beef brisket, or a sausage and pepper flatbread.

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