A single varietal Grenache wine, the grapes come from low-yielding, over 60-year-old vines planted on slate soils at an altitude of 950 metres above sea level.
The grapes were harvested during the second half of October and selected both in the vineyard and in the cellar.
Destemmed and delicately crushed, they were macerated for 10 days prior to alcoholic fermentation.
After that, this red wine from Calatayud was aged in French oak barrels for 14 months with frequent stirrings of the lees in order to extract colour and phenolic compounds.
Drink now until 2022.
This Spanish Grenache wine has a medium cherry-coloured robe with some violet tinges.
The red wine Alquez by Alianza de Garapiteros conveys some intense notes of strawberries and raspberries, some mineral undertones, notes of chocolate and some hints of smoke and toffee.
Fresh and subtle, this old-vines Grenache from Aragón shows notes of spices, red fruit, balsam and cocoa. Velvety bodied, with slightly dry tannins, great freshness and a long finish with remembrances of candied fruit, bitter herbs and chocolate.
|Our personal opinion||
Alquez 2015 is an excellent value that faithfully conveys the remarkable character of the old Grenache vines from Calatayud.
Gold Medal-Concours International Grenaches du Monde 2016.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||30 minutes before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||14|
|Name of Award||Concours Grenaches du Monde 2017: Medalla de Oro|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Birds, Bull meat, Cold meats, Duck, Grilled red meats, Hamburgers , Pasta with red sauce and meat, Poultry, Rice with meat, Roasted chicken, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted red meats, Roasted turkey, Stews|
|Taste||Fruity and Fresh, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Appetizer, Because you can, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Reunion with colleagues|
I love sun-drenched Grenache wines with lots of red fruit. This was perfect for me. Ridiculously good price.