El Cismático

Grape Variety: 100% Old Vine Garnacha
Vintage: 2016
Winemaker: Norrel Robertson MW
Region: D.O. Calatayud

EL CISMÁTICO – One who promotes division or separation from mainstream thinking.

We only release El Cismático when we believe we have the correct raw material to make an Old Vine Garnacha with the capacity to age gracefully for years in bottle, gaining complexity along the way. The objective is to achieve a wine that has the capacity to age quite happily for up to 30 years.

VILLAGE: Villarroya de la Sierra
VINEYARDS PARCELS: El Mimbreral 1,47 ha, Piedra Blanca 0,6 ha, Cerro Merino 0,6 ha.
VINES: 75 to 85 years of age, dry grown.
CLONE: Selección Massale.

The 2016 vintage is composed of 3 single vineyards, situated between 850 to 900 metres above sea level. These parcels share the same geological characteristics of pudding stones, red clay, marl and limestone which impart a precise and floral profile to the Garnacha grape, allowing us to achieve grapes with marked acidity and a low pH.

The grapes were harvested into 20kg cases and fermented together in cement with gentle punching down only. Afterwards we carried out a long maceration and malolactic fermentation took place on skins. After pressing, the wine remained on lees in 650 litre, fine-grained French oak barrels for 13 months.

Tasting Notes:

Intense ruby red in colour.
The nose is very deep and complex with aromas changing every minute. It starts with smoky notes, cloves, pepper and red fruits. Little by little, as the wine opens, the nose displays touches of peach blossom, pencil lead, black cherry and a light touch of mountain herbs.
Fine, elegant and bold, the ripe fruit is exquisitely balanced by fresh acidity achieved from growing Garnacha at altitude. The tannin is firm but polished with an extremely long finish.

3100 bottles
150 magnums

94+ Parker points: «It’s a serious, powerful Garnacha built to age.»– Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate December 2018

17.5 points JancisRobinson.com – «…very expressive. On the palate, it is firm, rich and concentrated with remarkable fruit and fresh flavours. Good cellaring ahead. It has a lingering sensation and it is driven by very well-judged acidity. It is still a baby but very promising Ferran Centelles, jancisrobinson.com February 2019

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