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Producer: Dominio de FontanaGrape Varieties: Garnacha 60%, Syrah 40%Optimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Rich juicy slightly spicy redAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: CorkCountry: Spain
A rich, juicy red showing intense aromas and great purity of fruit, complemented by expressive herbal notes from the Garnacha and pepper spice from the Syrah. A delicate wine with a good tannic grip and persistent, fruit forward finish.
Dominio de Fontana produces superb single estate wines from the DO Uclés, Central Castile. The estate is located in one of the most northern and highest areas of Central Castile, with the vineyards situated at 700 to 900 metres above sea level. The ideal growing conditions at this altitude produce wines of great purity, freshness and varietal expression. The estate is managed as an integrated ecosystem, which includes hundreds of century old Quercus oak trees, and the vines are cultivated sustainably. 50% of the vineyard is grown organically and Dominio de Fontana is working towards 100% in 1019. These are authentic wines with a sense of place and a distinctive Spanish personality.
2016 was characterised by a year of low rainfall. Autumn and winter were dry and cold followed by a rainy spring. The summer growing period was dry and warm but without the extreme heat waves of previous vintages. The low rainfall combined with the moderate temperatures resulted in a harvest with low yields, but excellent phenolic ripeness in the grapes.
This wine is produced exclusively from the selected parcels of Santa Cruz & Cueva in the Dominio de Fontana estate; in DO Uclés, Central Castile. Both parcels are certified organic from the 2016 vintage. These high-altitude vines are sustainably cultivated, without the use of pesticides and minimal organic treatments are employed. Each variety is carefully managed according to the different soils and growing conditions, in order to achieve perfectly balanced vines.
The two varieties were picked, de-stalked and fermented separately in stainless steel tanks at approximately 22°C. The proportions are carefully blended each vintage to achieve an intriguing combination of the full-flavoured, intense Garnacha with the fuller-bodied spicy Syrah. This wine was made in an unoaked style to showcase the purity of fruit and the characteristics of the high altitude terroir.
A versatile wine which is ideal with ham, barbeque meats, pasta dishes or cheese.
Garnacha 60%, Syrah 40%
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