Rioja (Ábalos)

Rosado de Garnacha 2022


Essentially, these are cold soil wines, from shallow, low nutrient limestone/sandstone enriched by a little clay. Sweet and sour, or agrodulce is a common thread. The wines ripple with acidic energy and feature the soft smell of sandstone. Fruit teas - think Russian Caravan and Bergamot are common flavour metaphors.

Sangrado de Garnacha fermented in inox after 12 hours of soaking and then rested 3 months on lees in stainless, 32.5 pH. The fruit comes from parcelas in villages of the northern foothills, Ábalos included.

The soils reflect in the cold juniper and cold clay dirt on the nose, with faded strawberry, waxflower, pistachio and dusty sandstone. The palate features intense white cherry and cape gooseberry, is soft, earthy and savoury with enough fruit brightness to march along in the mouth. Excellent, gentle acid definition.