Spain has over 2.9 million acres of vineyards, making it the most widely planted wine producing nation and the third largest producer of wine in the world. With so much choice and such high quality, you might enjoy a little steer in the right direction. Our wine picks:
A true jewel, subtle and elegant.
Las Umbrías is a red wine made by Comando G in the Sierra de Gredos, in Madrid. Comando G is a project to recover old abandoned vines of the Garnacha variety, hence the ‘G’. Las Umbrías is a variety of Garnacha, coming from a small plot with tricky access, located 900 meters above sea level. The climate, very hard at that altitude, makes the grape ripen in a balanced way so it ends up becoming a fresh and elegant wine. The vineyard faces east, on granite terrain, with sand and clay on the surface.
The winery practices agriculture based on the principles of biodynamics, with the highest respect for the land. Production is very limited. Just over 1,000 bottles, which are only produced in the coldest vintages. It is a light and fine wine that travels north away from the Mediterranean character of the vintage, with delicate and floral character like any of the parcel wines of Comando G. Like its siblings it is remarkably pale in colour but looks are deceiving as the aromas and subtle red fruit flavours are deftly balanced by fine tannin and a mineral acidity. Hand harvested, native fermentation, long maceration and ageing in 500 litre barrels for 12 months.
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