Wildly aromatic with notes of wild red fruits and spice. The Syrah brings some flesh and freshly ground pepper to the mix, whilst the subtle seasoning of Moristel, Garnacha Blanca and Bobal (locally known as Provechon) add gentle notes of lemon thyme and other Mediterranean herbs. A classic field blend from 5 parcels that redefines the concept of Old Vine Garnacha in Aragon.
Made by Noel Robertson M.W. originally from Scotland but based in Spain for over the last 20 odd years. He basically specialises in getting very old vines, low yielding, with spectacular concentration and depth. This is basically what this is, old vine Syrah which is impeccably rich, powerful and concentrated, almost reminiscent of a Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the 2009 is drinking beautifully now, full bodied, expressive with great power and clarity and even though it is approachable now, it will also cellar for the next 5 years plus.
ES LO QUE HAY – It´s what there is / It is what it is / That´s how it goes. A common Spanish expression but one I like to reserve for the few old high altitude Garnacha vineyards that survive in Aragon . What you taste in the bottle is a true expression of what there is in the vineyard. It´s as simple as that. It has an impenetrable purple colour with a bouquet of pronounced aromas of crushed violets and zarzaparrilla. Intense yet refined with lifted, perfumed fruit and wild mountain herbs. Full bodied, with rounded tannins, crisp acidity and a long mineral finish. High altitude ancient vineyards at 1000 to 1100 metres above sea level with ´pizarra´ slate and quartzite soils. Completely dry grown and unirrigated this is an inhospitable continental climate with extreme changes of temperature were mountain herbs, almonds, cherry trees and Garnacha form a breath-taking patchwork. Low annual rainfall of 200-300mm and the remarkable soils produce fine and elegant Garnacha which is punctuated by intense black fruit flavours with complex mineral, smoke and ‘garrigue’ notes. This is a pure unoaked Garnacha which is fermented in open top fermenters then aged on fine lees for 20 months before release. It is what it is ES LO QUE HAY!
For this one we go north east of Spain to the region of Catalunya, Tarragona to be precise just inland from the Mediterranean sea in Priorat one of the most focused and forward looking areas in the world that have been making full body wine with great intensity and minerality. Made from mainly Garnacha and Caranyena both traditional varieties of Priorat, this offers a full bodied, mineral and concentrated structure with great minerality and freshness. The tannins are substantial but they are ripe and on the whole, the wine offers great balance, profound and very full bodied. This is something that should ideally be drunk at around 15-16 degrees as this helps it to bring out the mineral notes and the freshness. Excellent with game, aged cheeses and generally speaking, robust food. It can also be cellared for a further 7-8 years.
This is made from 45 year old vines in the continental inland climate of Calatayud in north eastern Spain. Completely unoaked with extensive lees aging to give it complexity, aroma and depth. The wine exhibits a mouth filling and caressing structure with beautiful vibrancy yet remaining very clean and accurate, full bodied and expressive yet not sweet or flabby. Ideal with fish, casseroles, white cheeses and definitely white meats such as pork. Drinking very well now.
Made from 100% old vine Granache from very high altitude soils and a mountainous vineyard, tiny yields which makes it extremely concentrated, full bodied and impeccably clean, focused and fresh. Even though it is a very full bodied wine, in some ways in style of a Barolo, it still remains very textural, succulent and perfectly balanced. Starting to drink quite well now but will also cellar for another 8-10 years.
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