Es Lo Que Hay

Grape Variety: 100% Garnacha Ancient vines
Vintage: 2016
Winemaker: Norrel Robertson MW
Region: Aragón, Vino Varietal

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Deep purple with pale rim.
Bouquet: Pronounced aromas of crushed violets and sarsaparilla. Intense yet refined with lifted, perfumed fruit and wild mountain herbs.
Taste: Full bodied, with rounded tannins, crisp acidity and a long mineral finish.

Winemaker’s Notes

ES LO QUE HAY – It’s what there is / It is what it is / That’s how it goes. A common Spanish expression but one I like to reserve for the few old high altitude Garnacha vineyards that survive in Aragon. What you taste in the bottle is a true expression of what there is in the vineyard. It’s as simple as that.

High altitude ancient vineyards at 1000 to 1100 metres above sea level with ‘pizarra’ slate and quartzite soils. Completely dry grown and unirrigated this is an inhospitable continental climate with extreme changes of temperature where mountain herbs, almonds, cherry trees and Garnacha form a breathtaking patchwork. Low annual rainfall of 200-300mm and the remarkable soils produce fine and elegant Garnacha which is punctuated by intense black fruit flavours with complex mineral, smoke and ‘garrigue’ notes.

This is a pure, unoaked Garnacha which is fermented in open top fermenters then aged on fine lees for 20 months before release. It is what it is: ES LO QUE HAY

92 Parker points  “It’s subtle, fresh and elegant, with a juicy palate, vibrant and with good complexity.”  – Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate December 2018

17 points JancisRobinson.com  “Old vine Garnacha (75–100 years old), planted on slate soils similar to those found in Priorat (licorella). Fermented in concrete tank. No oak.  The wine shows dark plums, cherries, spices and pepper. It is medium bodied but it has an astonishing freshness, almost salty, and real savouriness. It is a lingering and refreshing style. … Quite delightful. “(FC) – Ferran Centelles in JancisRobinson.com February 2019

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