El Botijo is a limited production, microwine straight from a garage in Valdejalon (North East Spain) where Fernando Mora and Mario Lopez make wines with the absolute minimum of fuss. Medium ruby colour with tears. On the nose it shows forest red berries over a background of smoked aromatics, white pepper and bayleaf. Fresh acidity, integrated alcohol, round firm tannins and medium body. An old vine garnacha with depth and complexity yet also good drinkability. Aged in used French oak for 6-8 months to polish tanins. 100% Garnacha Valdejalón, Aragón, Spain
BLEND | 100% Garnacha
VINEYARDS | Handpicked grapes from a dry farmed, certified organic vineyard (Las Cellas) with 60-80 year old vines that belongs to Mario’s family. The soils are clay and sandstone with some pebbles.
WINEMAKING | Wild yeast fermentation in stainless steel followed by malolactic in old concrete vessels. Fourteen months aging in 2nd use Allier barrels (300L).
TASTING NOTES | A vivid ruby red with aromatic notes of red currant and red cherries against a herby Mediterranean background. This is a fresh, elegant, silky wine with light well-balanced oaky tones, reflectng all the simplicity and ingenuity of its namesake.