PL Award 1: Silver - SWA 2017
Country: Spain Region: Castilla-La Mancha
Vintage: 2008 Category: Red Wine Colour: Red
Producer: Cien y Pico
"Cien Y Pico was created by four winemakers (Australian Zar Brooks, his Bulgarian wife Elena Golakova Brooks, Spaniard Luis Juminez Garcia and Italian Nicola Tucci), when they came across and were amazed that people were grubbing up old Garnacha Tintorera vines in Manchuela in south eastern Spain. The name means 'hundred and something' and refers to the age of the ancient vines from which the wines are made. The old, low yielding bush-trained vines give vibrant colour, fruit concentration and flavour to the wines, while the excellence of the winemaking ensures that the natural power of the vines, traditionally used to produce blending wines, is sculpted into something nicely rounded and balanced and ideal for drinking now.
Cien Y Pico's four vineyards are all located on the Meseta (or 'plateau') of Castilla-La Mancha. With only 300 millimetres of rain per year, the plateau is extremely dry, though the deep-rooted, gnarled old vines thrive in the low vigour yet limestone rich soils. The mountains surrounding the Meseta offer protection from the icy winters while, in summer, the intense sun at this altitude of nearly 1,000 metres warms and ripens the grapes to perfection.
The Garnacha Tintorera (also known as Alicante Bouschet) is opaque purple in colour with the Doble Pasta being full bodied with a savoury meatiness, smooth tannins and a lovely natural acidity. The Knight's Errant spends around 18 months in new French oak, which adds extra layers of complexity to its blackberry fruit and dark chocolate character. The two Bobals are sourced from over 100 year old vineyards. The four winemakers modestly refer to the wines as fresh-picked fruit off the vine during harvest with just a little winemaking. The 'En Vaso', meaning 'low vine', spends 12 months in mainly used oak barriques. It is soft with juicy tannins and an uplifted, fresh finish. The 'Winemaker's-Gallant' spends two further months in old and new oak barriques and is pure and concentrated."
Product Features: Sustainable;Vegan;Vegetarian
Winemaker: Elena Brooks
Cien y Pico have four vineyards, all located on the Meseta (or 'plateau') of Castila-La-Mancha. With only 300mm of rain per year, the plateau is extremely dry; the deep-rooted, gnarled old vines thrive in the low vigour, limestone rich soils. The mountains surrounding the Meseta offer protection from the icy winters, while in summer the intense sun at this altitude of nearly 1000 metres warms and ripens the grapes to perfection. The old bush-trained vines give excellent colour, fruit concentration and flavour to the wines, but yields are very low, around 3.3 tonnes per hectare. Garnacha Tintorera is the Spanish name for the Alicante Bouschet variety and is one of only a few varieties that has red juice.
Knights-Errant' is a step-up from the Doble Pasta and made from the best fruit at their disposal. The name refers to the winemakers themselves, as well as the tale of Don Quixote, which was set in the same area. Garnacha Tintorera (the Spanish name for the Alicante Bouschet variety) is one of only a few varieties that has red juice. The wine was fermented in open fermenters for 10 days to draw out the Tintorera fruit aromas before spending 19 months in barrel, with 85% in new Radoux oak barrels. About 15% of the blend was kept in stainless steel to ensure freshness, followed by bottling under screwcap in October 2010.
A deep, darkly-coloured wine. A complex mix of aromas starting with a compote of blueberries, blackberries and the finest darkest 99% Cacao chocolate. Hints of cinnamon, spice and exotic smells of fresh black pepper. Intense blackberry fruit strong but soft, a velvet glove over an iron fist. Dark leather and dry high cocoa tannins and an almost chocolate truffled pallet, supported by creamy blueberry cheesecake and fresh uplifting powerful pure blackberry. Hauntingly long in the mouth.
A fantastic food wine this will pair well with rich hearty food; roasted meats, white truffle pasta, or charcuterie tapas.
Closure: Stelvin ABV: 14% Classification: DO Acidity [g/l]: 6.3