2018 Bernabeleva Arroyo del Tortolas

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Type of Wine Red
Country Spain
Region Vinos de Madrid
Appellation Vinos de Madrid (Appellation)
Winery Bernabeleva
Vintage 2018
Grape Grenache
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (15.5%)
Drink window 2021 - 2030
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The Arroyo del Tortolas is a great wine made entirely from Granache grapes from vines that are over 75 years old. After manual harvesting, the grapes are refrigerated for 36 hours to promote pre-fermentative maceration and slow extraction. Subsequently, vinification takes place in wooden tanks with yeast stems. Traditional pressing is done with the feet, moving very carefully to avoid excessive extraction. The maturation of this beautiful wine can take place in peace and is at least 14 months in 500 liter French oak barrels. The wine then remains in stainless steel tanks for 6 months for natural stabilization before bottling can take place.

The Bernabeleva Arroyo del Tórtolas is refined and elegant but also sturdy. With aromas of ripe fruit, a touch of violets, Mediterranean herbs (thyme, rosemary) and some grains. The Arroyo del Tórtolas is powerful on the palate, with very fine tannins and a subtle mineral structure.

Winery Bernabeleva

Under the leadership of Marc Isart and Raul Perez, this young winery Bernabeleva has already made significant progress with the small high-altitude and very old Grenache vineyard. It is absolutely a beautifully located vineyard of more than 80 years old located on the top of the hill at 700 meters. It is a thin bottom layer of compacted granite. The plot covers 35 hectares located on a high plateau. Bernabeleva belongs to the top of the DO Madrid and has now also established itself as one of the top Spanish wineries.

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Vineyard for 2018 Bernabeleva Arroyo del Tortolas

The Spanish winery Bernabeleva is located in the village of San Martín de Valdeiglesias , about 80km west of Madrid and is part of the Vinos de Madrid appellation. The Vinos de Madrid appellation can be further subdivided into 3 highly divergent sub areas, namely Arganda, Navalcarnero and San Martín de Valdeiglesias. The latter is located in the southwest is the smallest area of the Appallatieon and also the most spectacular area. It is quite mountainous with almost only granite origin bottoms. The area is quite cold and has the most rainfall compared to Arganda and Navalcarnero.

Led by Marc Isart and Raul Perez, this young winery Bernabeleva has severely hammered on the road with the little elevated and already very old Grenache vineyard. It is definitely a beautifully situated vineyard of over 80 years old located on the top of the hill at 700 meters . The bottom is a thin layer of compacted granite. The height (more coolness is very favorable) and the unique terroir ensure very high quality wines in which the characteristics of the vineyard and its surroundings are brought out. Bernabeleva's Grenache wines are considered to be the most elegant and refined in Spain. This is partly supported by the high ratings of the international wine press such as Parker and Penin.

Bernabeleva winery (the name literally means: the path of the bear) ensures in leaf management that the trusses remain in the shade, and in addition, harvesting takes place earlier in warm years. The 35-hectare vineyard is ecologically processed and natural compost is used, supplied by its own livestock. The winery is in conversion to biodynamic. For their wines they have very old sticks (there are even 100+ year old Albillo sticks).

The great wines of Marc and Raul deliver very high scores year after year. Elegance at its best and no average.

CARRIL DEL REY 2016 - 96
VIÑA BONITA 2016 - 94

Bodega Bernabeleva has a turbulent history. It was founded in 1923 by Álvarez-Villamil. He was convinced that the climatic conditions in this almost inhospitable part of Spain were ideal (and borrowed!) For planting garnacha (grenache). The first years passed quickly, but when the Spanish Civil War broke out in 1936, Alvarez was forced to stop his activities. Although the family continued to live on the estate, there was no question of grape harvest and wine production for decades.

It was not until 2006 that wine was bottled again under the domain name. It was the great-grandchildren Juan Diez Bulnes and Santiago Matallana Bulnes who decided more than 10 years ago to continue the work of their pioneering great-grandfather. Successfully! We have been following the domain closely for some time now and again and again we are amazed - in a positive sense - about the quality jumps that are being made. Pleasant extra: at Bodega Bernabeleva, people work completely organically, without pursuing a biological or biodynamic certification.

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Type of Wine Red
Country Spain
Region Vinos de Madrid
Appellation Vinos de Madrid (Appellation)
Winery Bernabeleva
Grape Grenache
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2018
Drinking as of 2021
Drinking till 2030
Alcohol % 15.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 94
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Rustic, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Round, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch
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