LOpaque ruby. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, lavender and vanilla are complemented by a smoky mineral overtone. Weighty yet energetic on the palate, offering appealingly sweet dark berry flavors along with suave floral pastille and spicecake nuances. Smooth and seamless in style, finishing with repeating spiciness, supple tannins and lingering florality.
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"The 2016 Juan Gil (silver label) is pure Monastrell from old, non-irrigated vines that was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. They had to do a severe selection, as the year was quite challenging (but later 2018 was even a more difficult year); they discarded a lot of grapes, and they told me that they had never sold so much wine in bulk. That seems to have paid off, and the wine is quite harmonious and clean. It has some dusty tannins and an austere profile. The oak is very well integrated, folded into the fruit. "
" Grapes used to produce this wine come from old vineyards. Chalky and stony soils, poor in nutrients, are ideal for the growing of the Monastrell variety, with a low yield of about 2.500 kg/Ha. This wine has been aged in French oak barrels. " ~ Winery notes
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Since the building of the new winery many things have changed. The new way of making wine needs technology: rigorous temperature control of wine, stainless steel tanks, and excellent hygienic conditions throughout the process, assures each year the quality levels.
But wine is not only "made" in the cellar, the first is the vineyard. Therefore, the situation of the vineyard, next to the winery, allows comprehensive monitoring of the evolution of the grapes needed to obtain a great wine condition. It's a new age, with new wines and a mixture of old vines and new techniques.
Bartolomé Abellán is the enologist and who coordinates the rest of the technical divisions of the GFE group.