Vinadores de Gredos Escalera 2016
The Escalera is produced by winemaker Ruben Diaz, Ruben was born and bred in Cebreros, Avila, one of the principal villages at the forefront of the Gredos wine reawakening. And he, like his much more celebrated and better-known peer Dani Landi, is one of the emblematic winemakers of the area. He believes that Garnacha is a part of his DNA. It was back in 1999 when the rights to their land were about to be sold that Ruben went to check out the vines. He’s never been involved but studied, learnt from others and fell in love with Gredos Garnacha. He is interested in keeping wine keeping as it has been done for 100’s of years, with minimal intervention to truly express the exact state of the soil, the winemaker, the vineyard and the weather to the glass. He doesn’t use a single non-organic solution. “I’m happy with my work, and they say that it always shows in the results”.
Sierra de Gredos, about a 90-minute drive west of Madrid, is found around its namesake mountain range where it enjoys a warm continental climate at around 650-1200 meters high. Here a new young crowd have revived an ancient wine culture and are making their mark on the international wine scene. Predominantly growing organically with native yeasts and using huge oak barrels and tinajas (clay jars), they make wines from the old vine Garnacha and Albillo in black, sandy, slate and granitic soil. Here the Garnacha strain tends to be more acidic and tannic, but ages well and can have an ethereal, almost Burgundian finesse, developing tertiary notes of leaves and mushrooms.
Vinadores de Gredos Escalera is produced from vines that are 60-80 years old. Destemmed, pressed and fermented in SST with skin contact for 30 days. Aged in two year old used French Oak for 9 months with its fine lees. Bottled without filtering.
The wine itself has a sweeter rich, sour nose with mineral, crystals, chocolate figs, kirsch, a touch of liquorice. Sweet, soft velvety and elegant. Cooked red cherries, sour strawberry, weight and power. Lovely acidity. Juicy end. Redcurrant and summer berries.