About This Wine
The red Alanda is a blend of Mencía, Bastardo (Merenzao/Trousseau), Garnacha, Tintorera, plus a swig of Mouratón and Arauxa (as Tempranillo is known around these parts). Again the fruit is drawn from a mosaic of different vineyards spanning Monterrei's myriad of soil types and sub-zones. Again, it works beautifully. The resulting wine is a kind of vinous mural of the Monterrei landscape. One-third of the grapes are destemmed and everything is co-fermented. The wine is then aged for 14 months in used oak barrels and 6 months in vat before bottling. It's a perfumed, succulent and lithe wine, juicy and medium bodied, packed with singing red fruit.
|Varietal(s)||Bastardo Garnacha Tintorera|
|Brand||Quinta da Muradella|
Wines of Spain
With 2.9 million acres of land planted in wine grapes, Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation and second largest producer in the world. Many styles of wine are produced in the country most of which are based on native grape varietals.
The two most famous regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero for their Tempranillo production. Rioja Tempranillo (the classic) will be lighter and fresher with red fruit flavours as compared to those from Ribera del Duero that are often deep purple, higher in alcohol with more tannins and intense black fruit character. Rioja is also known for producing Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from the indigenous Viura varietal.
In the Catalonia region, Spain is recognized for making a sparkling wine in the traditional method but using native grape varieties. This is called Cava. Priorat, a subregion within Catalonia specializes in making still red blends of Garnacha, Carignan and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in a bold and full-bodied style. Together with Rioja, wines from Priorat have achieved DOCa/DOQ status signifying their quality.
Sherry is Spain’s famous fortified wine which can either be completely dry, lusciously sweet or somewhere in between. This is made in the southern region of Jerez.
Other notable Spanish wine styles include: Monastrell (AKA. Mataro/Mourvèdre), produced in the Jumilla region and refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo from north western Galacia.
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – The different grape varieties were fermented together, part in stainless steel, part in cement, with one third of full clusters and aged for one year in used barrels and matured for a further three months in stainless steel before being bottle unfiltered. The nose is fruit-driven, there are no traces of oak, a combination of cherry fruit, herbal aromas and a pinch of spices, and a medium-bodied palate with focused, red cherry flavors, fine tannins and balanced acidity. This is supple and easy to drink, fresh and very pleasant. 91 points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate, Jan 2015