El Senyal Negre

A luscious fruity red made from Spain’s indigenous Grenache and Carignan grapes including the rare “Downy Grenache” (Garntaxa Peluda), and with 6 months in 20% new oak.

Description

Varieties
Grenache (60%), Downy Grenache (20%), Carignan (20%)

Terroir
The Grenache is from 30 year old vines grown at 420m overlooking Vall Major in Batea. The Downy Grenache (Garnatxa Peluda) and Carignan are from the vineyards at Mas de Cabrera in Gandesa. Both areas are dominated by poor limestone soils. After the hot dry summer promoted early ripening, both the Grenaches were picked at late as feasible on the 26th and 28th September to ensure phenolic ripeness. The Carignan followed on the 3rd and 5th of October.

Production
Each grape variety was hand picked separately before undergoing a 5 day cold soak. Individual fermentations followed at up to 24°C in stainless steel, with regular punchdowns. Malolactic fermenta- tion and 6 months maturation was carried out in French and American oak barrels (20% of which were new).

Analysis
– Alcohol content: 14.5%
– Total acidity: 5.8 g/l as Tartaric
– Volatile acidity: 0.42 g/l
– Residual sugar: 0.3 g/l

Tasting Notes
Very floral nose full of lifted ripe strawberries and vanilla fudge with a blackcurrant hint. The palate is all red fruits with plums and strawberries to the fore. Mouthfilling but smooth and approach- able rather than tannic.

Food Pairing
As well as the traditional ‘steak frites’, BBQ ribs and chops, it also pairs well with stronger cheeses, especially goat and with milder curries.

Serving Suggestions
The wine is ideally served at 16-18°C. It will benefit from decanting shortly before serving, particularly as it ages. It will continue to evolve over the next 5-10 years.

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