Smoky, gorgeous Grenache from one of Spain’s top winemakers! Ethereal qualities.
Dani Landi forms part of the remarkable Comando G team, who are responsible for some of Spain’s most sought after wines. The focus is on Garnacha, from higher altitude vineyards in Central Spain, where farming is organic and biodynamic. The same care is taken with this “entry level” wine as with his single vineyard cuvées – after harvesting the grapes by hand the fruit is fermented in three vats: a direct pressing of the grapes and natural fermentation as a white wine, a short fermentation and extractive maceration, and a traditional whole cluster fermentation with long gentle maceration.
Producer: Dani Landi
Region/Country: Méntrida, Castilla y Leon, Spain
Production Method: Sustainable viticulture. Wild yeast fermentation, 1/3 whole bunches. 12 months ageing in foudre.
Style: Bright and fragrant, with great structure and fruit purity
Pairing Suggestion: Game, poultry, grilled meats, vegetable dishes
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)
Dani works around seven hectares of 60-80 year-old vines. The combination of high altitude, free draining soils, and a long growing season gives a unique micro-climate. The winemaking is low intervention: he uses a proportion of whole bunch, large old oak barrels, and minimal extraction. “We make landscape wines from the vine without any make-up. Three basic ideas guide our work: minerality, freshness and elegance.”