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Juan Carlos Sancha Pena el Gato Rioja – TINAJA Vinas Centenarias 2019

15.5% abv

Vol- 75cl

The Professor’s sense of enquiry in Juan Carlos has motivated him into many a new experiment and this is one of the best – an amphora fermented and aged take on his ancient Grenache. As you would expect from a wine made with no wood it is purer in fruit and less dense in colour- black cherry and raspberry with dusty pomegranate. The old vine deliciousness lends breadth to the weighty structure that underpins each sip.

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.

‘There is now a Garnacha in tinaja. The 2019 Peña El Gato Garnacha Tinaja was produced with grapes from the same centenary vines as the one fermented and matured in oak. This feels more varietal, relaxed and expansive, with purer aromas and a silkier mouthfeel. The destemmed grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in the tinaja for 11 months, the same as the regular but in clay instead of wood. I’m often not a fan of wines in tinaja, but in this case, I much preferred it to the version in oak. 3,150 bottles produced. It was bottled in September 2020.’
Luis Guitierrez Wine Advocate 92 Points October 2020

£26.00inclusive of Duty and VAT

Limited stock, only 6 remaining

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 #:
15.5 ABV
Bottles per Case
6 bottles
Grenache (Garnacha/Cannonau)

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