Denominación de Origen: D.O.P Vino de Calidad de Granada
‘Neblerío’ is our 100% Tempranillo made from grapes grown on high-altitude vineyards, situated on the slopes of the Sierras de Tejeda Natural Park to the south-east of Alhama de Granada in Granada province.
The soil here is a striking red limestone, known locally as “Los Rojillos”. The influence of the nearby Sierra Nevada mountain range, and an extraordinary altitude of around 1000m above sea level, ensures the grapes ripen very slowly, helping to a create an elegant wine with soft, balanced tannins.
“Neblerío” is the name the local grape growers give to an atmospheric morning mist which provides the east facing vines with welcome moisture, before being dispersed by the rising sun and winds from the mountains.
The vines are trained using a double cordon system and the grapes are picked by hand, the pickers being careful to avoid the hours when the heat is at its highest, so as the grapes can be brought in during the cool of the early morning and as the sun fades at dusk. Harvest in this region of Granada will take place from late September onwards, often not ending until the second half of October, notably later than other winegrowing regions in southern Spain.
The wine underwent both its alcoholic and malolactic fermentations in stainless steel tanks and was then given just 3 months in small, 4-year-old French oak barrels to aide its structure and to allow its unique, high altitude Tempranillo characteristics to shine through.
This is a medium bodied wine with flavours of ripe blackberries, a dash of strawberry and a hint of juniper and walnut.
“Earthy, mineral , black cherry and blackberry aromas. It’s finely textured and the freshness builds through the palate, reaching a long, intense savoury finish...shows its altitude.”
Sarah Jane Evans MW, BBC Good Food Magazine Wine Editor, Co-Chair of Decanter World Wine Awards for Spain and member of the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino
“Red fruits dominate the palate, underpinned by richer black fruits, a touch of blackberry and black cherry. There is a lot happening on the finish - juniper, some walnut and lots of black and red cherry.” (93/100 Points)
Derek Smedley MW, Wine Consultant and Co-Chairman of the International Wine Challenge