Sometimes knowing where a variety comes from is difficult; there are times when the same variety has different names depending on where it is grown. The Garnacha Tintorera has a confusing origin and in this respect there are different opinions.
Henri Bouschet in 1866 crossed the petit bouschet with the fleshy Grenache (in France it is also called “Alicante” and that is why it is also called Alicante Bouschet.
This variety has a great secret, it is very different from the others.
What sets Garnacha Tintorera apart?
This variety of red grapes is the only one that has violaceous pulp; in the rest of the varieties of grapes with dark skin, the pulp is white.
The Tintorera provides very intense wines that are normally used to mix with other varieties with less colour, complementing reds from colder regions that have a lesser degrees and colour. That is why it is sold in bulk.
This variety is rich in polyphenols (good for your health). Its wine ages well, has medium acidity harmonized with aromas of black fruits. Until a few years ago there were no single-varietal Tintorera wines; now wine lovers show more interest in Garnacha, it has become fashionable. Its racial and intense wines make this variety considered in high regard in the wine culture.
In Spain it is grown in only a few places. We find it in the interior of the province of Alicante and east of Albacete, in the Corredor de Almansa and in the interior of Galicia.
Where is it grown? Spain is one of those few places. It is present in the east of Albacete, in the interior of the province of Alicante, in some parts of the interior of Galicia and in the Almansa Corridor.
One of the few wines made with Garnacha Tintorera is EL MIRACLE BY MARISCAL; a wine that leaves no one indifferent to its charisma. It is prepared by Luis García, an oenologist from Bodegas Vicente Gandía, and is considered a true work of art.
Its label has been designed by the Valencian artist Javier Marical. It shows a drawing made on an authentic oak barrel, which are used in the ageing of the wine. This work belongs to the Arte en Barricas collection, from the museum of the Hoya de Cadenas de Utiel estate.
If you have not yet enjoyed its aroma and taste do not hesitate. We are faced with an intense red wine, made with fruits of old vines which gives it that seriousness so appreciated in modern winemaking, with a round palate and expressive and intense aromas.
Generación 1 Vicente Gandía Grandes Añadas is a great wine, achieved thanks to the effort and the feeling that was put into its creation. This occasion required much of both, since it was about honouring the founder of the winery, Don Vicente Gandía. Sommeliers from all over Spain have collaborated in its production, contributing their opinion, which has served as a base from which to reach the final assembly of 70% Bobal grapes, 15% Cabenet Sauvignon, 15% Shiraz, all from the best payments and harvests of the Hoya de Cadenas estate.
A great wine should have a label to match. An image that reflected the art in winemaking and the character of Don Vicente Gandía, an exceptional man.
The artist Fuentes Fuerte went to work (never better stated) and developed a work of art inspired by the founder of Bodegas Gandía.
Generación 1 Grandes Añadas is a limited edition of only 17,590 bottles. For its production, only selected grapes from exceptional vintages have been used which are treated with special care.
At first glance we observed a characteristic intense and dark cherry colour. The nose is very balanced with aromas of wild red fruit, blackberry and scrub with a very well integrated oak toasted background. It is nice in the mouth but intense at the same time with well-diffused tannins and licorice notes in the aftertaste.
This wine is perfect for oily fish, all kinds of meat, especially game and the Nouvelle cuisine is very good. It is advisable to serve it between 17 – 18ºC
When consumed you can use a decanter to oxygenate to have it evolve quickly and thus open its aromas more and better (see how to decant a wine). You can also choose to save it and let it evolve slowly to appreciate the full potential of this excellent wine.
If you choose this option, you can use the wooden box of 3 bottles in which it is presented or you can use it as a picture for your living room, once the wine is consumed, since inside the box you will find a sheet with the illustration of the work of the artist Fuentes Fuertes.
In any case we have here a wine of excellent quality at a surprising price. Do not wait any longer to bring a work of art home.