La Ninja de las Uvas — Garnacha 2020
A Wine That
shows that you can achieve elegance in a warm place. This still has all the intoxicating intense fruit flavours you expect from Garnacha, but it has an additional floral lift — think a sprinkling of fresh lavender petals and peonies. With a lovely warm earthiness too, this is the real deal — fine natural wine.
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- Winemaker: La Del Terreno
Where and How?
This is Garnacha from Azeniche Valley (D.O.P. Bullas) in Murcia, Spain. The vines are planted on clay and calcareous gravel soils and farmed organically with regenerative methods — by hand, in the traditional old-school way. The vines are around 20 years old, and planted at 750m elevation (which explains how she achieves such freshness in southern Spain!)
The grapes were hand harvested, and 90% were destemmed, leaving some whole bunches to bring additional freshness. Maceration lasted for 15 days, during which time the wine fermented naturally. Aged for 12 months in 500L barrels.
How does a cellist decide to study regenerative agriculture in Cuba? And then how does that regenerative agriculturist decide to become a winemaker? Then what do you do when you can’t afford to buy or rent a winery, but you want to make your own wine? Build a modular winery. That’s what Julia Casado did.
And what do you need to have in order to do all of the above things? Determination and a deep love for nature, both of which Julia has in bucketloads.
"I had started to drink natural wines and to learn about the philosophies of those winemakers. Before, at university, we had always drunk technical wines. More and more, I felt that just wasn’t my thing."