Old Garnacha Vines
APPELLATION: Calatayud DO.
VINIFICATION: Hand harvested of garnacha grape from 70-100 years old vines at a hight altitude of 800-1.000 meters. The grapes were destemmed and fermented in cement tanks. Malolactic fermentation was also completed in cement. Following fermentation the wine was aged for 6 months in a combination of 50% used French oak barrels and 50% used American oak barrels.
TASTING NOTES: Dark ruby color with shades of purple. Sexy and silky palate, spice-accented blackberry and cherry aromas and a brilliant ruby color with violet notes. This distinctly Garnacha wine finishes with excellent length and warm tannins.
FOOD PAIRING: Grilled Octopus, scallops risotto, pasta, roasted chicken, steak, filet mignon or have the satisfaction to enjoy it on its own.
- 93 Gilbert y Gaillard; vntg 2019
- 91 Wine Advocate (R. Parker); vntg 2018, vntg 2015
- 91 Wine & Spirits, vntg 2018
- 93 James Suckling, vntg 2016
- GOLD MEDAL Berliner Wine Trophy, 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.