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Garagewine Garnacha Tintorera

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A rich full and elegant 100% Garnacha Tintorera from our friends at Garagewine. The Garnacha Tintorera is unique in that it is the only grape variety with deep inky-coloured flesh and juice. All other grapes have colourless flesh and juice, receiving all their red-wine pigment during the maceration process from the compounds in the skins.

The grapes come from paraje "Cañá las Yeguas", an old vineyard planted in 1975 at an altitude of 620 meters near Quintanar de la Orden. Since then, they have been grown using traditional goblet pruning and strictly dry farming. The soil is mostly sand and clay with a surface coverage of stones. Remember, vines thrive in soils that other crops would struggle to survive in; shooting their roots to depths of 20-30 meters into the earth in search of ground water.

The deep ink red colour of the wine is matched by the potent aromas of ripe fruit and flowers, violets, plums, and herbs. In the mouth, it's powerful but enchanting with notes of liquored cherries, cacao, leather, and herbs. Tannic but very well balanced and smooth despite its alcohol content. This is a potent wine with plenty of character.

True to their principles, cousins Jesús and Julián cultivate these Garnacha Tintorera vines using natural and sustainable viticulture, without adding herbicides, pesticides, or any irrigation. The resulting wine beautifully expresses the particularity of the terroir from which they come and the weather conditions of each vintage.

Their whole operation is manual, artisanal, with small productions and minimal intervention. Less than 2000 individually numbered bottles of Tinto Velasco were produced last season.

Garagewine's range includes eight varietal wines, all of which are also single-vineyard wines as shown on the labels, these include Brujidera, Tinto VelascoAiren, Verdoncho, La Autóctona, Garnacha Tintorera, Cencibel, and La Forastera. However, Jesus and Julian have decided to cap their production once they reach 30,000 bottles total, since this project has always been about elevating their local varietals and not about money.

Facts

Annual Production: 1850 bottles (The club has access to 100 annually)
Type:  
Vino Tinto (red wine)
Body:
  Full
Palate: 
Dry
Finish:
 rich and enchanting
Grape Variety:
 100% Garnacha Tintorera
Viticulture / Farming: Traditional bush vines ("en vaso" in Spanish, "gobelet" in French), head pruning and dry farming.
ABV%: 14.5%
Ageing: Only ageing in the bottle
Winemaker: Jesús Toledo
Bodega: #garagewine (Toledo & Ajenjo)
Region: Castilla-La Mancha, La Mancha Toledana, Quintanar de la Orden
Designation of Origin (DOP): VT Castilla (IGP Vino de la Tierra)
Micro-Climate: The area of La Mancha Toledana has a dry climate all year round. With maximum temperatures between 33 and 37º C, and minimum temperatures between 0 and -5º C. 
Elevation: 671 meters above sea level
Age of Vines: 48 years (Paraje Cañá las Yeguas, planted in 1975)
Soil: sandy

Tips

  • Drink now or keep for up to 5 years
  • No need to decant, simply open 5 minutes before consuming
  • Pairs well with Manchego cheese (any cured cheeses), stews, rabbit, Jamón Ibérico, paella and other rice dishes
  • Ideally served just below room temperature

Terroir

The wine region of Castilla-La Mancha is not only the largest in Spain, but also the largest in Europe. The vineyards of Castilla-La Mancha occupy an extension of 459,000 hectares (1,134,200 acres), which equates to almost 49% of Spain's total vineyards. For reference, that would cover a surface area equivalent to 65% of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

The Castilla-La Mancha region includes the provinces of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara and Toledo, and there are twenty Protected Designations of Origin (PDOs) and one IGP (PGI in English = Protected Geographical Indication).

Castilla-La Mancha occupies the central Iberian plateau, but also includes two important river valleys - most of the Tagus and half of the Guadiana - the corresponding mountain chains north, central and south of these valleys, crossing east to west, and the upper part of the smaller River Jucar on the east.

This extensive geography procures an enormous amount of terroirs, micro-climates and elevations.

Quintanar de la Orden's location is quite central in Castilla-La Mancha, and is in the north-western part of the DOP La Mancha, just about 130 Km south-east of Madrid capital.

La Mancha's extensive viticultural area spans over 154,000 hectares (380,500 acres) of vineyards across 182 municipalities and four provinces, including Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Toledo.  To put this into perspective, Australia has just over 146,000 hectares of vineyard in total (2022 data).

In addition to being one of the largest wine regions in Spain, La Mancha also boasts a rich history in winemaking. The practice is believed to have originated in Roman times and was widespread during the Middle Ages. During the time of Moorish rule between the 8th and 15th centuries, the region was referred to as "al-mansha," meaning "parched earth," a nod to its arid countryside.

Garagewine's vineyards are located near and around Quintanar de la Orden, in the province of Toledo. The Brujidera vineyard sits at 629 meters of altitude and grows in clay-loam soils with a good cover of pebbles. The climate is very arid, the summers are short, hot, and mostly clear; the winters are cold and partly cloudy; and it is mostly dry year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 0 °C to 33 °C and is rarely below -5 °C or above 37 °CAverage rainfall of 2 litres per square meter and 2,800 hours of daily sunshine per year.


Vinification & Ageing

The Garnacha Tintorera vines are hand harvested in 15kg crates. The grape bunches are hand selected both in the vineyard and a second selection is made at the winery. The grapes are fully de-stemmed and the must macerates with the skins, both, prior to fermentation and also after fermentation. The alcoholic fermentation starts naturally triggered by indigenous yeasts and maintained at 25°C.

Manually pressed in a vertical press.  The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrels. The wine is then aged for 445 days in toasted French oak barrels. Naturally filtered with gravity and time, then bottled.

Winemaker

Cousins Jesús Toledo and Julián Ajenjo, are the creators of GarageWine and trailblazers in reviving ancient grape varieties. From these varieties, they create small-batch artisanal wines with a big focus on showing the uniqueness of each grape and their local terroir.

What started as a project in a garage has turned into a life-long mission. Since 2011 Jesús and Julián have recovered various forgotten native grape varieties, such as Brujidera, Verdoncho, Tinto Velasco and Pámpana Blanca, and are now part of a research and recovery program with IVICAM (Instituto de la Vid y del Vino de Castilla-La Mancha — Research Institute of Vines and Wine in Castilla-La Mancha). They are on track to revive other local varieties such as Albilla, Tinto Fragoso, Malvar and Moscatel Serrano.

Now, Jesús and Julián work out of their new micro-winery in Quintanar de la Orden, the small space still feels garage-like. Hand powered grape-presses and concrete fermentation eggs adorn the floor and give it a feeling of an artisan’s workshop; producing rare liquid art. Still, their operation is anything but unsophisticated; they have their own mini-lab to test wine samples which helps them further hone their craft. 

Their vineyards are strictly dry-farmed, by choice, and their obsessive care over each vine for such a small yield at the end of the growing season is praiseworthy.

In their own words: 

"As a small family winery, our goal is clear: to bring back the local or minority varietals in our region "La Mancha Toledana". We do this by performing microvinifications with minimal intervention and all in a completely handmade manner."

Their micro-winery is humble but all the wines they create in the little space they have are larger than life. Truly garage wines.

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