Generous aromas of black fruits and spice jumped out of the glass as we stared at this beautifully purple wine. With a full velvety mouthfeel, this rich Spanish red blew all of our tasters away when we found out that it would be less than $8 for a bottle. This winery is a project between the Gil family of Jumilla and Jorge Ordonez, founder of the distributor. The grapes come from old vines vineyards, 60-80 years-old. The vineyards are planted in principally decomposed slate and gravely clay soils. Extremely careful hand harvesting of perfectly mature clusters and additional selection made in the winery using a sorting table.
|The old-vines vineyards used to make this wine are situated near the village of Munebrega and were planted between 1945 and 1968. They are located in the valleys between Sierra de Pardos and Sierra de Pena Blanca. The vines are planted in two different soil types: decomposed slate and gravely red clay soils. Even though there is very little rainfall in the region, the clay holds sufficient water for the vines to obtain moisture and to be grown without irrigation. The grapes are carefully hand sorted for only perfectly mature clusters, with yields at 1.5 to 2 tons per acre. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged for 6 months.