2012 La Cueva Old Vines Grenache 750ml 4-Pack
La Cueva Old Vines Garnacha is a lovingly crafted, single estate wine from a small family owned and run winery in the heart of Campo de Borja, otherwise known as ´El Imperio de la Garnacha´ (The Garnacha Empire). From the outset, award-winning Artiga winemaker, Pamela Geddes, set out to create a wine which represents all the natural characteristics of the local land, climate and Garnacha varietal.
A wine of vivid red fruit on the eye, striking aromas of plump wild berries and freshly-milled pepper, and a rich and round mouth-feel with notes of warming spice and a long, velvety finish. The perfect match for richly-flavoured meats, roast vegetables and mature cheeses. Also great with traditional Spanish fare, such as pata negra cured serrano ham or spicy chorizo sausage for a truly authentic Spanish experience.
Vineyards: 250 hectares of land located at an altitude of over 600 meters in the foothills and uniquely fierce micro-climate of the Moncayo Mountain range. Vines are planted at a density of approximately 2,000 per hectare. The Garnacha used to produce this wine are hand-picked from the estate´s oldest vines, planted in 1958. The very low levels of organic matter found in the loose, rocky soils of these select parcels produce small, bush-like vines and low yields (around 40hl/ha) of concentrated grapes.
Daytime and seasonal thermal contrasts are extreme and rainfall is low. Mediterranean influences dominate in the summer months, which are long and stiflingly hot with an average high temperature of over 32°C. Winters are cold, dry and characterised by the Atlantic North-West wind known as ´El Cierzo`. Limestone provides good drainage and a dry, healthy environment for the grapes to ripen while areas of clay retain moisture during periods of drought. The soil´s heat retaining properties moderate ripening by keeping the vines warm as the temperature drops throughout the night.