Finca Casa Balaguer La Rambla Del Peligrés, unique, herbal, fruity and delicious
Pure, juicy and energized with opulent black cherry and blackberry balanced by a dazzling burst of red-fruit acidity, landing in a smooth, earthy finish.
From Ned at Devenish:
This comes from a single plot of vines at 550 m above sea level called la Rambla del Peligres. The sandy top soil is shallow and limestone bedrock lurks close beneath the surface. The vines are Grenache, but Grenache has been here in Alicante for centuries and it's evolved into it's own distinct subvariety called Giro. I fell in love with Giro thanks to Curii and started seeking out more of them. In my experience Giro Grenache is a bit lighter and more aromatic with some interesting spicy herbal qualities, but maybe that's just from the scrubby Mediterranean bushes that cover the hillsides here. The grapes are hand harvested and then 50% are destemmed while 50% are fermented whole cluster. All the grapes are foot trod and then ferment with native yeast in cement vats. Malolactic fermentation happens in new oak barrels, but then the wine is racked back into cement tanks to age for 6 months. It is bottled with no filtration, fining, or sulfur.