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Farming : Certified Organic | Certified Biodynamic | Dry Farmed
Winemaking : Hand-Picked Grapes | Native Yeast Fermentation | Unfined | Unfiltered | Vegan | No S02 Added | Clay Amphora | Rare Grape Variety | Old Vine
Region : Manchuela, Castilla La Mancha, Spain
Grape : 100% Tardana (aka Planta Nova)
Alcohol by Volume : 13%
Woman Winemaker: Ana Gomez & Silvia Araque
BODEGAS GRATIAS IS LOCATED IN MANCHUELA, APPROXIMATELY 75 MILES WEST OF VALENCIA, SPAIN. TOGETHER, THE GOMEZ FAMILY WORKS 10 HECTARES OF EXCLUSIVELY INDIGENOUS VARIETIES, MANY OF WHICH THEY HAVE HELPED BRING BACK FROM THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION. THEIR ORGANIC VINES RANGE FROM 30 TO 80 YEARS OLD, AND ARE ALL BUSH VINES, UNTILLED AND DRY FARMED. IN THE CELLAR THEY WORK WITH MINIMAL INTERVENTION.
Tardana is a special grape variety because it ripens later than red varieties. It is one of those Spanish varietals that fell out of favor, probably due to the fact that it riskily ripens late, and as a result is nearly extinct in the region. As it´s harvested so late, near November, it´s the grape that receives more solar hours per year than any other grape. These particular Tardana vines grow in starkly white limestone soils located near the village of Cilanco (in Villatoya, Albacete), along the Cabriel river. The particular microclimate is caused by the steep protective enclave of the site, allowing this demanding varietal to reach full maturity, even quite late in the year.
Bright pale yellow color. The character of the white flower predominates, highlighting the pear in nose. In mouth is full bodied with a good balance and pleasant passage that invites to drink. Gastronomy: Ideal to enjoy with friends, oriental food, seafood, grilled fish and nice conversations.