Veinte Grados 2010 ('20 Degrees')
Denominación de Origen: Vino de la Tierra Laderas Del Genil
‘Veinte Grados’ is our blend of Tempranillo (70%), Syrah (20%) and Garnacha (10%) from high-altitude vineyards to the south of Alhama de Granada, high up in the Sierra Tejeda mountains in Granada Province.
These small parcels of steeply terraced, east-facing vines have a soil composition of schist and slate, imparting fresh, mineral notes to the wine. Fragments of marine shells are still to be found amongst the soils here, integrating with the natural irrigation waters, a reminder that this area of Andalucía was once long ago covered with sea, and an explanation perhaps for the gentle, saline back notes in the blend.
The impressive altitude of these vineyards, at an average of around 1200m above sea level, results in an incredible fluctuation in diurnal temperatures of up to 20°C, hence the name of the blend. This nightly temperature drop, which we call “nature’s fridge”, enables us to create a wine packed full of intricate flavours, yet one which exhibits real freshness and a crisp elegance.
Much like the grapes used for our Neblerío wine, the majority of the vines here are trained using a double cordon system. All the grapes are picked by hand during the cool of the early morning and at dusk.
The Tempranillo, Syrah and Garnacha in our 2010 Viente Grados blend all underwent alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The Syrah, which originally hails from a previous vintage, was aged for 12 months in small, three year old French barrels, injecting into the blend a backbone of complexity and structure.
This is a medium bodied wine with aromas of blackberries and ripe cherries, flavours of plum and violets and an enduring hint of pepper and vanilla
"The altitude gives the wine a delicious freshness...it has an exotic dark fruit character...I could imagine drinking it with lamb tagine or Iberico pork – but it’s flexible enough to adapt to all kinds of dishes".
Fiona Beckett, Wine Critic for UK national newspaper The Guardian
"The nose has a lovely spiciness, hedgerow fruits and rosehips. The fruit is ripe, the tannins rounded, the richness is balanced by freshness...on the finish a hint of vanilla adding to the complexity". (92/100 Points)
Derek Smedley MW, Wine Consultant and Co-Chairman of the International Wine Challenge