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'Follaco' Juan Garía blend 2020


'Follaco' combines foller (the Spanish verb: to fuck) with a pejorative nickname for a Fermosellano, to possibly intend something like 'fucking backwards locals'. Maybe not the most subtle way into local hearts, but hey, he is a viking! Juan Garía 40% with Rufete, Tinta Madrid and Bruñal. Hand-picked, double-selected fruit grown in gravel, granite, quartz soils from organic, goblet-pruned vineyards uupto 40yo at 640-700 metres. Aged 9 months in old French oak after spontaneous fermentation, 70% whole clusters.

Compared to Juan García wines, this has little more blue floral in the red fruit, thanks to the Tinta Madrid. An earthy, sweet-skinsy character lingers really well. Just a touch 'country', it's graceful, easy but structured and detailed, with a really nice long, open finish. The finish is delicate but with a nip of bitterness to tidy up the purple fruit. A light, savoury and clear with with an open heart, beating alive.