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Juan Carlos Sancha Cerro La Isa Singular Blanco 2019

14% abv

Alongside this range under the “Ad Libitum” label he also produces this Grenache from his family’s 100 year old vines named ‘Pena el Gato’ The vines are situated on a South facing slope and yields are incredibly low. The wine is fermented and aged in new 500 litre French oak for 11 months. Dense black fruits with notes of smoke and dried flowers. Great old vine complexity.

‘The vineyard that produced the 2019 Cerro La Isa Viñedo Singular Blanco was planted 115 years ago on clay and limestone soils rich in iron with a mix of Garnacha Blanca, Malvasía and Viura on south-facing slopes at 700 meters in altitude. The bunches were hand-destemmed and the grapes pressed in a small vertical press. The juice was let to settle and put to ferment with indigenous yeasts in new 500-liter French oak barrels, where it was kept with lees for eight months. Surprisingly enough, the wine is not excessively marked by the new wood and comes through like a traditional Rioja white—yes, spicy and smoky but not overwhelmed by the oak. Wines like this are more about texture than aromas. It’s medium-bodied and has good freshness, and it has the concentration and terrific balance to develop nicely in bottle. Only 600 bottles were filled in July 2020.’
Luis Guitierrez Wine Advocate 94 Points October 2020

50 cases made

£55.00inclusive of Duty and VAT

Limited stock, only 6 remaining

veganorganicvegetarian

Juan Carlos Sancha, a professor of oenology at the University of La Rioja, founded his eponymous winery in Rioja Alta along the border of D.O.Ca. Rioja, in the coldest zone of this wine denomination. Along with various plots of old vine Garnacha Juan Carlos Sancha’s winery also has vines of minority varieties such as Tempranillo Blanco, Maturana Tinta and Maturana Blanca, varieties that he and his university colleague Fernando Martinez de Toda discovered, rescued from extinction, and developed. The wine-making philosophy is based on organic practices and minimal intervention in all stages of the process, the aim being to preserve the purity and clearness of their carefully selected grapes to produce personal, elegant and powerful wines. Tim Atkin not only lists them as one of his top 20 in the region but Juan Carlos was the 2019 Viticulturist of the Year.

This cooler location, in Baños de Río Tobía (Rioja Alta) in the Najerilla Valley, contributes to the high quality of their wines. Alongside his range of redescovered varieties, bottled under the “Ad Libitum” label the winery also bottles Grenache from his family’s 100 year old vines as “Pena el Gato”. In the last 20 years, Spain has uprooted over 100,000 hectares (247,105 acres) of Garnacha (Grenache). In the denomination of origin-Rioja, Garnacha has gone from representing almost 40 percent of total vineyard in 1973 to an astounding 8 percent in 2012.

Reference #:
13313
Strength
14 ABV
Bottles per Case
6 bottles
Grapes
Grenache Blanc, Macabeo (Viura), Malvasia
Organic
Yes
Biodynamic
No
Vegan
Yes
Vegetarian
Yes
Sparkling
No

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