Cien y Pico 'Doble Pasta'
Manchuela, La Mancha 75cl
Cien y Pico is our call to arms and means a ‘hundred or so’ in La Mancha, the southern Castilian meseta between the Mediterranean and Madrid, the land of Don Quixote. A wide, dry, plateau 1000 metres above sea level, surrounded by mountains that offer just enough protection from the icy winters that turn directly into hot summers.
Here ancient plantings of Tintorera not only survive, but thrive in the organically poor but limestone rich, red, sandy Miocene era sedimentary clay between the rocky limestone outcrops that cover the vineyards. These ancient, gnarled, free standing bush vines grown on their own roots with just 300mm of rain a year, yielding tiny but intense crops.
Made by the guys behind Dandelion Vineyards in Australia, Elena Golakova Brooks, Luis Jimenez Garcia, Nicola Tucci & Zar Brooks. These 100+ year old bush vines are an ancient variety- Tintorera, also known as Garnacha Tintorera. According to the respected Australian journalist Tim White Tintorera, or Tintorera Garnacha, is a red-fleshed and red-skinned black grape: a so-called teinturier. It is, in fact, a cross of Garnacha (grenache) and Petit Bouschet.
Very low yielding grapes are traditionally vinified and aged in 20% new French oak for 19 months. Unsurprisingly deep in colour, meaty and savoury on the nose with deep plummy fruit, hints of oak and spice too. It's rich and dense on the palate, meaty and savoury, some perfume too and creamy oak giving the palate a softness and richness. It's got a wild untamed edge to it that's really appealing, the tannins are ripe and crunchy and it has real life and energy to it. It needs full flavoured food, and is an absolute cracker. The jury is out on the label however, but the wine is fabulous.
Published: 4 May 2010
, Author: Noel