2020 Bodegas Ateca Atteca Armas Old Vines
Bodegas Ateca is owned by the Gil family, who are world famous for their El Nido and Clio wines, but also have very small beautiful domains where the best of the region is brought out on a very small scale. All these wines are all gems. With Ateca, Shaya and Can Blau, they have great wineries in various regions that only work with indigenous grapes.
Bodega Ateca, 55 hectares in size, was founded in 2005 in the village of the same name. The bodega is located in the province of Zaragoza, fourteen kilometers from Calatayud. De Armas is the top model of Boega Ateca and grapes come from very old vines of Garnacha which are planted on the hills at about 1000 meters above sea level and come from the best plots. Only a limited number of Armas bottles will be available at any time. There are different soil types throughout the region, but the Grenache vineyard mainly consists of poor lime/clay soil with slate. The clay is deep and ensures that the vines can root very deeply and absorb moisture, so even though there is very little rain in the region, these vines can always get moisture (after hard work). The slate provides the unique minerality in this wine. The grapes for the Armas are picked manually with 1st selection in the vineyard and 2nd selection in the bodega. Only the best fruit goes into the topper. After the fermentation process, the wine remains in barriques for 18 months and then the wine is bottle-aged for almost a year before being released on the market.
The Armas Old Vines is full bodied and aromatic but with a surprising freshness which is due to the large differences between day and night at this altitude and this gives acidity and balance. In the nose we smell dark cherry and blackberry. The fruit is ripe but there are spicy and spicy aromas (pepper and nutmeg) as well as the mineral memories of the slate soils of the vineyard. In the mouth it is tasty, fruity and elegant and full bodied. Very good to drink now and shows great potential to improve with time.
Bodega Ateca is nestled in the picturesque region of Calatayud, Spain, it is a hidden gem that captivates wine enthusiasts from around the world, it is part of the Orowines Group, a project led by the Gil family. With a rich history dating back centuries, Ateca embodies the essence of Spanish winemaking traditions while embracing modern techniques.
At the heart of Bodega Ateca’s success lies their dedication to producing outstanding Garnacha wines. Known for its bold flavours and distinctive expression, Garnacha thrives in the Calatayud region, and Sarah Morris, the winemaker, showcases its full potential through her expert craftsmanship.
About Juan Gil Family Estates
The Juan Gil Family estates represents a group of small wineries spread all throughout Spain: from Jumilla to RíasBaixas, Montsant foothills to Calatayud, the flatlands of Almansa to the venerated kingdoms of Rueda and Castilla y León. Of which they all fall under one umbrella of The Juan Gil Family Estates.
In this way they are able to create a total and representative portfolio of Spanish wine. Each winery brings something unique to the table - displaying a true sense of place. All the wines have one thing in common; they are made from native Spanish varieties.
The Juan Gil Family Estates include:
- Juan Gil
- Can Blau
- El Nido
- Lagar Da Condesa
- Llicorella Vins
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|Tasting Profiles||Rustic, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Round, Red fruit, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|