|Higueruela â€“ Almansa|
Location: Higueruela, Almansa, Spain
At over 1000m elevation this must qualify for the extreme viticulture at European latitudes Award. In the lee of the Mount MolatÃ³n this Co-op proudly processes 8m litres of mainly Garnacha Tintorera (GT), mostly to be sold in bulk for â€œcolourâ€. Luckily they realise that there is benefit in bottling the best GT they make, mostly coming fromÂ selected old vines. We were chuffed about it too when we came across them on the trail of El Alicante (a lost relative of Sancho PanÃ§a, we think)!
The Higueruela, probably the only 100% GT Almansa in the UK, is a stunningly attractive wine with deep colour and a soft punch of vibrant black cherry, and lots of freshness and Ã©lan. The Crianza through barrel ageing manages some intriguing coffee and and black chocolate notes and fresh smooth profile.
Both wines have won numerous awards over the years. (eg Higueruela 2003 got 88 points and 2004 got 90 in the Wine Advocate, whilst 2008 was named 'best young red in Castilla
For older vintage information please contact us or consult the producerâ€™s website
Almansa Tinto â€œHigueruelaâ€
Current Vintage: 2009Â