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Pago Calzadilla Opta Vino de Pago 2015
£92.12 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
Country - Spain
Region - Cuenca
Grape Varieties - Tempranillo 60%, Garnacha 20%, Syrah 20%
Alcohol by volume - 14.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Pago Calzadilla
Tasting notes - An enticing and satisfying blend from high altitude vines, showing fruity aromas of strawberry and cherries with a delightful liquorice note and an intriguing spicy background of nutmeg, clove and coffee. Beautifully balanced and refreshing with a supple palate and a long, moreish finish.
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Notes of strawberry and cherry combine with a delightful liquorice note and an intriguing spicy background. Beautifully balanced with a long finish.
Pago Calzadilla is a small, family-run estate producing a limited quantity of highly expressive wines from the province of Cuenca. Located just outside the town of Huete, the 20 hectares of vines overlook the picturesque river valley of Río Mayor. The artisanal winery was built in 1980, which coincided with the planting of the vineyard with red varieties of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Cabernet-Sauvignon. Syrah was added later. The vineyard is manually cultivated and the wines are made with minimal intervention in the gravity-fed winery. Cultivated with passion, experience and expertise the wines are intense and elegant expressions of this unique site.
2015 saw hot weather during the months of May and June, which slowed the vine growth in some vineyards. July was exceptionally hot, with temperatures of 42°C during the day and 22°C at night. At the end of the month, temperatures fell and a hail storm took place, refreshing the vines and reviving the water levels. Good conditions at harvest produced grapes bursting with concentrated flavours.
The vines are grown in a unique site located in the Rio Mayor Valley at an altitude of between 900 and 1,000 metres. The quality grapes come from specific plots known as Los Barrancos, Cuatro Pinos, Chocilla Vinagre and Viña Carlitos, which were planted in 2005. The soils are sandy and calcareous and the vineyard benefits from a distinct microclimate, with frequent mists and winds that protect the vines from spring frosts and disease. The vines are cultivated using organic preparations such as compost fertilisers from crop residue, cinnamon and sulphur to prevent disease. The use of aromatic cover crops between the vines increases the biodiversity and improves the soil quality.
Paula, the winemaker takes a very non-interventionist approach. The grapes were picked by hand and carefully selected. The berries from each plot were cooled before being vinified separately in the gravity-fed winery. The wine was aged for 14 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels of 300 and 500 litres. The wine was bottled without stabilisation or filtration. Cellared in bottle for a minimum of three years.
An enticing and satisfying blend from high altitude vines, showing fruity aromas of strawberry and cherries with a delightful liquorice note and an intriguing spicy background of nutmeg, clove and coffee. Beautifully balanced and refreshing with a supple palate and a long, moreish finish.
Spanish tapas, creamy chicken dishes or Manchego.
Tempranillo 60%, Garnacha 20%, Syrah 20%
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