Jose Gil

Rioja (San Vicente)

Vino de parcela 'el Bardallo' 2021


Paraje el Bardallo is North-west of San Vicente, well on the way to neighbouring village, Labastida, underneath the legendary Remelluri estate. It’s planted to dry-grown bush-vines en vaso, about 40 years old, at 515m, with northeast orientation and calcareous soil. Bardallo is home to delicate, vertical wines; the fruit here is blue note, fluid and quite spicy. Tempranillo with a small percentage of Viura. Harvested by hand, 100% destemmed. Fermented in concrete, aged 10 months in 500L French oak. Limited production: Australian allocation 24 bottles.

This parcel has the darkest fruits among the single vineyards and is the most primary and fruitful of them. Floral, densely meaty but fluid, plummy and round with lots of ripe skins, a touch of tobacco and a lash of medicinal wood bitters. Regally earthy in deep purple tones, it literally spangles with mineral detail, like a sequin dress. Within the tannins, you find both chalkiness and juiciness, performing a density-relief moebusstrip double act.