Sierra de Gredos, Spain. Vino de Montaña (Mountain Wine) is a blend of mostly Garnacha blended with some local varieties of Rufete and Piñuela from high-altitude vineyards in the Sierra de Gredos Mountains. Unfortunately, many of these remote mountain villages have faced an uncertain future with the closure of the wine cooperatives on which they depend, and the subsequent migration of younger people to the cities. In an effort to preserve these incredible ancient vineyards the Mountain Wine Project was founded, partnering with a number of local producers in two of the key mountain ranges – Sierra de Gredos and Sierra de Gata – to reinvigorate the vineyards and sustain the communities who farm them. Based mostly on very old Garnacha vines on granite soil, the wines are perfumed, delicate and fresh.
Deep dark red colour with tinges of black around the edges and a semi translucent red hue. Delightful red raspberry and spicy dark cherry aromas emanate from the glass followed by subtle liquorice, incense, light scorched earth, fresh herb and pepper notes. Light, vibrant and delicious, intense juicy dark raspberry, liquorice and spicy dark cherry flavours overlay a background of smoky incense infusions, earth, dried herbs and pepper. Slightly dryish but otherwise velvet like tannins finishing with plenty of fresh acidity and a long moreish aftertaste.