Another bottle from Spain, this time a Garnacha but from the Rioja region where Tempranillo is king. La Maldita literally translates to ‘The Cursed one’ referring to the fact that Garnacha is very difficult to grow due to its thin skin and low yields in an area which only boasts around 10% of all vineyard plantings in Rioja.
The grapes are sourced primarily from estate-owned vineyards located largely in the sub-region of Rioja Baja. Predominantly unoaked although on lees for a few months, while a small percentage sees some oak to add complexity.
Great looking bottle with a striking label this 100% Garnacha (Grenache) boasts an inviting nose full of bright red fruits including strawberries and sour cherries along with a slightly smokey edge.
The bright fruits carry on in the taste, extremely juicy, fresh acidity with modest tannins (think black tea) and peppery spice. This really has a deep brooding flavour with a hefty 14% abv a long smokey finish and I found it very enjoyable indeed.
Bought for £8.99 on Multi Buy at Majestic this is a brilliantly made wine for the price and one I will be buying again. Unfortunately, this is on the stores WIGIG (when its gone its gone) promotion, so fill your boots quickly.