Old Garnacha Vines
GRAPE: 100% Garnacha
APPELLATION: Calatayud DO
VINIFICATION: 100% garnacha old bush-vines harvested by hand. Fermentation process in ancient cement vats offers perfect oxygenation to the wine making it rounded and tantalized. Malolactic take place also in the same cement vats specially restored for OGV. Pre-fermentative maceration of 6 days and fermentation with sacharomyces yeast during 16 days at 26ºC max. Post-fermentative maceration for 15 days.
This mountain wine ages 6 to 8 months in French second use oak barrels and new American barrel M and M+ toasted. Doreau y Radoux. Min. 4 months in bottle.
TASTING NOTES: Sexy and brilliant ruby color with violet notes. Silky and precise on the palate, spice-accented blackberry and cherry aromas. This distinctly Garnacha wine finishes with excellent length and warmness tannins that will be the perfect accompaniment to the finest plates.
FOOD PAIRING: Grilled octopus, Manchego cheese, roasted chicken, steak, filet mignon, or to enjoy it on its own.
- 92 James Suckling, vntg 2021, vntg 2020
- 93 Gilbert y Gaillard, vntg 2019
- 91 Wine Enthusiast, vntg 2019
- 90 Wine Advocate (R. Parker), vntg 2019
- 91 Wine Advocate (R. Parker ), vntg 2018
- 91 Wine & Spirits, vntg 2018
- 93 James Suckling, vntg 2016
PRODUCER: Eva Lopez was sourcing for the perfect place where Garnacha grapes grow in Spain. She wanted to elaborate the purest Garnacha and met Manuel Castro Gracia in Calatayud, a distinguished connoisseur of the garnacha grape variety. Both together decided to elaborate “Old Garnacha Vines – OGV” in Bodegas Virgen de la Sierra, based at Villarroya de la Sierra and founded in 1954. The oldest winery in DO Calatayud.
“Old Garnacha Vines – OGV” is a zero-residues wine made with the oldest vines at an impressive altitude. This mountain wine is unique respecting original terroir and fermented in traditional cement vats.
Calatayud area is the best area to grow garnacha. It is a difficult land not easy to cultivate because its high altitudes (2,600 to nearly 3,000 feet), extreme weather conditions and a multiplicity of soils—up to 20 different ¬terroirs—.
Garnacha, one of the most popular and widespread grapes in the world, was most probably born somewhere in Aragón (Calatayud area). Only 16 wineries currently operate in the appellation and Virgen de la sierra is the flagship.