This Tempranillo has an amazing cherry colour and a fragrant, fruity nose. The tannins are smooth and supple and underpin the delicious berry and spice flavours. It's made in La Mancha, Span, the home to Don Quixote.
The vast, central plains of the Castilla La Mancha region stretch out from all directions south of Madrid and remains today Spain's largest wine producing area. In fact, it is the largest continuous wine-producing area in the world; approximately 450,000 hectares are under vine.åÊ
For a long time La Mancha was known as the center of indifferent table wines, rather than quality winemaking. However, the quality has increased leaps and bounds in the last decade and there are many fabulous examples of truly excellent wine estates, offering terrific value for money wines.åÊ
Over the past 10 years, a monumental effort has been put into modernization, both in the vineyards and in the wine cellars. Cooler meso-climates have been identified, leading to wines of better balance and finesse and the sheer quality of some of the old bush vine Grenache is finally being harnessed. It appears so far that the best potential for quality reds is to the east of this great expanse nearer the Mediterranean coast, in particular the appellations of Manchuela and Almansa. However, improvements are being seen across the entire region, as winemakers are determined to bury the 'average table wine' tag forever.
Paella, cheese, grilled food, red meat
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