Bodegas Aragonesas Coto de Hayas Centenaria Garnacha 2018
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The Bodegas Aragonesas vineyards occupy an area of 3,500 hectares, with a height of between 450 and 500 metres. This area, cultivated by wine growers from the towns of Magallón and Fuendejalón, produces 12 million kilograms of grapes, with a predominance of the Garnacha variety. This is the best asset of Bodegas Aragonesas: this combination of plots makes up for something absolutely unique in terms of the age and quantity of vines put together under the same project. The fermentations and aging are carried out in a large wine cellar with capacity for 1.5 million litres a year, 65% of the entire Campo de Borja production.
Campo de Borja DO sits in the northwest province of Zaragoza (Aragon, Spain) south of Rioja and north of Cariñena. Since this area acquired DO status in the 1980s, it has gradually shown its own unique identity. Campo de Borja’s winegrowing history and heritage is rich in relation to Garnacha; the oldest vineyards in the DO date back to 1890. Furthermore, of the almost 4,000 hectares of this variety, more than 2,000 are between 30 and 50 years old.
Most production continues to be reds, and the number of crianzas and reservas is growing. Though less common, they produce white wines as well. Today, both red and rosé wines have won the respect of experts, and the intensely fruity, young red wines enjoy significant commercial success. The principal white grape varieties are Macabeo, Moscatel, Chardonnay, Garnacha Blanca, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo. The principal red grape varieties include Garnacha Tinta, Tempranillo, Syrah, Mazuela, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Grenache thrives in any warm, Mediterranean climate where ample sunlight allows its clusters to achieve full phenolic ripeness. While Grenache's birthplace is Spain (there called Garnacha), today it is more recognized as the key player in the red blends of the Southern Rhône, namely Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône and its villages. Somm Secret—The Italian island of Sardinia produces bold, rustic, single varietal Grenache (there called Cannonau). California, Washington and Australia have achieved found success with Grenache, both flying solo and in blends.