When Austrailian winemaker Chris Ringland decided to create a Spanish project he found 155 acres of old vine Garnacha (Grenache) in 3 different villages and sought out Jose Ordóñez to form a partnership. Located in Aragon in northern Spain, 2 hour drive due west from Barcelona, the vines range from 30 to over 50 years old, and it’s here that Chris makes super rich, deep, modernistic Grenache.
Bodegas Alto Moncayo makes 3 different cuvèes, the Veraton being their entry level wine, though to call this entry level is to sell it really short. Full bodied powerhouse, velvet smooth texture, this is a wine of dark black and red fruits, chocolate, lavender, graphite, licorice, and earth notes that over delivers. Vinified in 60% new French oak and 40% American oak for 16 months, it’s soft lush texture belies it’s modern style. I love this wine, especially as we move into the colder months.