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2012 La Suerte de Arrayán, Méntrida

2012 La Suerte de Arrayán, Méntrida

Red | Drink now | Bodegas Arrayan | Code: 33490 | 2012 | Spain > Mentrida | Grenache/Garnacha | Medium Bodied, Brut | 14.0 % alcohol

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The Producer

Bodegas Arrayan

Bodegas Arrayan

Bodegas Arrayán makes wine in the appellation of Mentrida in the province of Toledo (in Castile-La Mancha) and was founded by the current proprietors, husband and wife José María Entrecanales and María Marsans, and celebrated its first vintage in 2003. Renowned viticultural scientist Dr Richard Smart was enlisted to carry out a study of the land prior to it being planted with a combination of international and indigenous grape varieties.

Among the latter group, the white Albillo Real is of particular interest, in part because of its obscurity, but mostly because it is giving such superb results! We also have the good fortune to bring you La Suerte, which encapsulates just why Garnacha is among the hippest varietals on the planet at present.

Arrayán is located near the town of Santa Cruz de Retamar, just an hour’s drive from Madrid. Snow here is not uncommon, nor are summer temperatures approaching forty degrees – challenges which keep winemaker Maite Sanchéz and her team on their toes.

The Grape

Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache is the most widely planted black grape variety in the world. In the Southern Rhône it provides the backbone for most red blends and is the key component of Châteauneuf du Pape. Some Châteauneufs such as Château Rayas are even made from 100% Grenache. In the Languedoc it plays a key role in many blends and is responsible for much of the Rosé wine from Southern France.

It is the most extensively red wine grape grown in Spain where it is known as Garnacha Tinta - in Rioja it is blended with Tempranillo and is most widely planted in the warm Eastern Rioja Baja region. The very best Garnacha wines come from Priorat in Catalonia, where fruit from old Garnacha bush vines is blended with small quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon to produce wines of startling intensity and depth of fruit.

Grenache was once Australia`s most widely planted black grape but much of it was grubbed up in the 70s and early 80s to make room for more fashionable grapes. However plantings have been on the increase since the early 1990s and the best examples are found in the Barossa Valley from dry-farmed, bush-pruned, old Grenache vines.

The Region

Mentrida

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