Smoking Garnacha with no added sulphur. Lovely sour fruit profile, this is seriously tasty stuff!
Wine: CASA BALAGUER Rambla del Peligrés Garnacha 2019
Producer: Finca Casa Balaguer
Region/Country: Alicante, Spain
Production Method: Sustainable farming. Natural yeast fermentation in inert vessels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal SO2
Style: Fresh and fragrant with floral aromatics and a really lovely medium body. Red fruited and lightly herbal.
Pairing Suggestion: Grilled meats, Mediterranean cuisine
Profile: Grenache is an extremely widely planted variety, very well suited to warmer climates, where it is commonly blended with the likes of Mourvedre, Cinsault, Syrah and Carignan. It grows as a bush vine, making it suited to drought conditions and helping to protect the fruit from sun and wind damage. Wines display vivid red colour and vibrant red fruit character alongside distinctive Mediterranean herb flavourings. With added ripeness Grenache can take on a more medicinal tinge and greatly concentrated, dried fruit flavours. There are many old vine plantings throughout the Southern Rhone and Australia, and the wines produced from these offer extremely good value for money.
Classic Regions: Southern Rhone (France), Rioja, Priorat (Spain), McLaren Vale (Australia), Swartland (South Africa)
From The Natty Boy
I reckon this is probably my favourite find of recent times - I'm a massive fan of this modern style of Grenache coming out of Spain, the wines are almost Pinot Noir like in texture and really really tasty. This is from Alicante, a region more historically known for high alcohol and fortified sweet red wines. Finca Casa Balaguer is a garagiste operation that's been running for a decade or so now. They're redefining what this part of Spain is known for, with some amazing skin contact wines as well as a few reds. Organic farming and strictly natural winemaking. The Garnacha grapes are wild fermented in concrete with the emphasis based on fragrance of aromatics and a lovely grainy texture. I was struck by the colour density of this, we're used to having inky Spanish reds and this is almost translucent which is a really good indication of this new style. If you like this there's a bunch of other wines I can chuck in future cases.