Veinte Grados 2011 ('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, amongst 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 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.
All the wines in the blend were vinified separately, undergoing both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations in stainless steel tanks.
Veinte Grados is a medium bodied wine with complex aromas of black cherries, eucalyptus and coffee, flavours of plums and violets, and an enduring finish of raspberries, spice and a hint of almond.
"The reds of Bodegas Tierra Hermosa are rounded and relatively rich, yet without barrel ageing. They have complexity, depth and richness but without oak. With Veinte Grados, it’s the elegance that the taster first notices. It’s delightful on the palate...when the super aromas and flavour really make an impact. You’ll find some damson notes...a little earthy, minerality. There are herbs....a little laurel, a whiff of wild thyme. Then the fruit comes back to delight again...there’s a mid to long length with a lovely spicy kick."
Colin Harkness, The International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Agent for Spain