GRAPE: 100 % Garnacha
APPELLATION: Cebreros DO ( Gredos)
VINIFICATION: Old vines of Garnacha. Spontaneous fermentation in concrete tanks. 15% with whole bunches, at controlled termperature between 18 – 26ºC. Aged in wooden Slovenian “foudres” of 100 HL. (Mastro bottaio Cooper), where stay for 12 months. Malolactic fermentation happens naturally durin sprinc. Light filtering and bottling with a very low level of SO2.
TASTING NOTES: Bright and clean cherry color with a medium-low intensity. Remarkable floral and spicy noted in the nose, with a Mediterranean character. In the mouth has a good intensity and body blended with a lovely finesse and elegancy that talk about some very good evolution in the bottle.
FOOD PAIRING: Asian cuisine, roasted meats and vegetables.
- 94 Points by Robert Parker ( Wine Advocate); vntg 2019.
- 93 Points by Robert Parker ( Wine Advocate); vntg 2018.
Cebreros (Gredos) is both the name of a village and the appellation of origin in the southeast of the province of Ávila in the region Castilla y León from Spain, with 35 villages in total. Cebreros was the main wine village in the zone and hence the name chosen to name the appellation. This is a region with mountains and some high-altitude vineyards. There are perhaps between 1,800 and 2,000 hectares of vineyards. Gredos is quite unique: The isolation and lack of quality wines has made the size of the region smaller, as many old vineyards have been lost because there was no new blood to take over from the old timers.
Soto y Manrique was one of the pioneer in Gredos and also the first to point out the singularity of the slate soils in Cebreros. The wines are intensely Mediterranean, powerful but fragrant, with elegant minerality, especially in the slate soils.