Did I mention I like Spanish wine ? well, I may have done once or twice and no doubt regular readers will have noticed my affection not only with their wines but their whole culture and lifestyle, no particular style is better, I just like ‘Todos los vinos de España’.
So next up for me was this excellent Garnacha from the central Spanish region of Manchuela which borders Utiel-Requena and Valencia in the east, Ribera del Jucar and La Mancha in the west and Almansa in the south.
Mil Historias Organic Garnacha 2017
Fabulous looking bottle and probably one of the most intensely flavoured Garnacha’s I’ve tasted in a while. Deep purple in colour with a pronounced perfumed aroma, plenty of red summer fruits here with strawberry and cherries prominent finishing with a heady herbal twist.
The floral and herbal characteristics carry on in the taste, there’s lots of ripe red fruits. Initially it’s bright and acidic and very dry, oak makes an appearance but not overpowering and the finish gives way to a touch of sweetness.
Straight out of the bottle and at 14% abv it’s definitely a raw beast but a little time in the glass it softened noticeably and I would be inclined to give it a little air before drinking so decanting may be an option also you may consider chilling it for around 20 minutes.
This to me is what Spanish wine is all about, it has character in abundance, it’s different to a lot of Garnacha’s out there but what really matters is, it tastes good.
Kept a little back in the bottle to try again after 24 hours, instinct tells me it may well be better, I will post an update when I revisit.