O Trancado 2017 — Garnacha Tintorera & Mencía
A Wine That
speaks of memories; of familial and unconditional love. Handed down to Nacho from his grandmother, this wine comes from a vineyard that was planted 70 years ago. The vines have always been tended organically and Nacho feels it is his responsibility to continue nature’s work in the cellar. That means zero meddling: this is pure fermented grape juice; and in the best possible way. This tastes like going foraging: of wild berries and herbs; sage, bramble fruit and a touch of black pepper. With bright acid and complex, dense flavours that pair with everything from sausages to broccoli, this is your go-to BBQ wine for al fresco summer dining.
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- Winemaker: La Perdida
Where and How?
The grapes for this wine come from the ancient vineyard that Nacho inherited from his grandmother, which is named O Trancado. Organically tended, it is planted to around 70% Garnacha Tintorera – a red-fleshed offspring of Garnacha - and 30% Mencía.
The grapes were destemmed and foot stomped, after which the juice fermented naturally in 400L tinajas (amphorae) and old oak barrels, in which the wine was aged for six months before being bottled unfined, unfiltered and without sulphur. The wine was also aged for another six months before release.
Ignacio Gonzalez, who goes by the name of Nacho, used to work as both a vegetable & fruit farmer and gardener. When his grandmother passed away, leaving him a parcel of old vines named O Trancado, he instinctively felt that it was his duty to take care of them. In turn, this meant farming them organically just as his grandmother had, and just as he had learnt on the farms. The notion of selling the plot or of working with chemicals never even came into the equation.
The same year, he began to discover other old vineyards in the area; whose fate was uncertain and which were likely to be ripped out to make way for simple clones of easy-to-sell Godello. If this happened, all of the genetic material belonging to the old vines would be lost forever. Nacho didn’t want to let that happen, so he took those vines on too. Amongst them are the varieties Palomino, Garnacha Tintorera, Mencía, Godello, Sumoll, Doña Branca and the very rare Mouratón.
Today, he is their foster parent and bodyguard, and continues to nurture them into their old age. From the grapes that he harvests, he produces whites, skin-contact wines, reds and a rosé that blurs the lines. These are strikingly pure, soul-searching wines; wines that would make the original owners of the vines very proud.