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El Garbi Terra Alta Garnacha Tinto

Ah Grenache.  We love Grenache.  But this one’s unique.  Grown at altitude in the region of Catalonia called the Terra Alta (literally ‘high ground’) and caressed by the warm evening wind called El Garbi – an old Arab name from the days of the Caliphate.  It’s a light delight that might almost be mistaken for an extra juicy Pinot Noir.  We are really pleased to have added this to our range, joining its white grenache counterpart, also called El Garbi.

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Body

Light Bodied

Colour / Style

Red

Grape

Grenache/Garnacha

Region

Terra Alta

Country

Spain

Method

Sustainable, Low Intervention

ABV

ABV 13.5%

Bottle size

75cl

The El Garbi wind blowing through the vineyards plays a vital role in ventilating the canopy and bringing warmth to the high altitude sites.

The grapes are destemmed before fermentation, minimising the more ‘green’ astringent tannins.  Two thirds of the grapes are fully fermented in steel tanks but the other third are racked off to finish their fermentation in oak barrels. The wine is then matured for seven months in French oak barrels that have already been used twice before.  This means that oaky flavours are minimised while the barrels work their softening magic on the wine’s young tannins.

The final trick is the inclusion of 5% Garnacha Blanco (Grenache Blanc) to lift the freshness of the wine and introduce a little extra complexity to the flavour profile.

Refreshing, direct and juicy, this wine shows upfront red fruit, perfumed, with just a sprinkle of spice from the oak, soft tannins supported by moderate but refreshing acidity.

Perfect with lighter red meats – with chicken, veal or pork fillet – potentially even served lightly chilled, El Garbi Tinto shows that in the right hands, Garnacha can be the Mediterranean’s answer to Pinot Noir.

Reviews (1)

1 review for El Garbi Terra Alta Garnacha Tinto

  1. Nick

    Yum. This is dangerously delicious. It’s a sunny ray of cherry fruit, but dry and complex with a hint of acid sherbert. Good enough to beat off lockdown blues. We’re going to buy more. Today

    • Guy

      Good to hear, Nick. And don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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