Cien Y Pico Knights Errant 2008

£17.99

Roses and savoury notes, this is ripe and concentrated, with an uplifting freshness and nice ripe tannins,' said Galvin Restaurants' Andrea Briccarello.

TASTING NOTES

A dark, intense wine. The nose offers a compote of blueberries, blackberries and dark cacao chocolate. Hints of cinnamon, spice and exotic smells of fresh black pepper. On the palate there is strong but soft, intense blackberry fruit - a velvet glove over an iron fist. Dark leather and dry cocoa tannins and an almost chocolate truffled palate, supported by creamy blueberry cheesecake and fresh, uplifting pure blackberry.

Cien y Pico have four vineyards, all located on the Meseta (or ‘plateau’) of Castilla-La-Mancha. With only 300mm of rain per year, the plateau is extremely dry; the deep rooted, gnarled old vines thrive in the low vigour, limestone rich soils. The mountains surrounding the Meseta offer protection from the icy winters, while in summer the intense sun at this altitude of nearly 1000m warms and ripens the grapes to perfection. The old bush-trained vines give excellent colour, fruit concentration and flavour to the wines, but yields are very low, around three tonnes per hectare.

‘Knights-Errant’ is a step up from the Doble Pasta and made from the best fruit at their disposal. The name refers to the winemakers themselves, as well as the tale of Don Quixote, which was set in the same area. The wine was fermented on the skins in open fermenters for 10 days to draw out the Tintorera fruit aromas before spending 19 months in barrel, with 85% in new Radoux oak barrels. About 15% of the blend was kept in stainless steel to ensure freshness, before bottling under screwcap in October 2010.

 

 


Cien Y Pico Knights Errant 2008
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