2020 Gil Family Estates Atteca Old Vines Garnacha
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
The old vines of Garnacha are planted on the hills about 900 meters above sea level. The vineyard is located on a slate plateau with layers of clay. The slate ensures that the vines can root very deeply and the clay layers hold the little rain that falls in this region well. Only the vineyards that have this unique terroir characteristic can operate organically and produce quality juice in this inhospitable area. The height also makes a huge difference because due to the differences in day and night in terms of temperature, a grape balances with sufficient free and acids. The grapes are picked manually in this vineyard and after the fermentation process, the wine remains in barrels for 10 months and is bottle-aged for almost a year
The full fruity wine is surprisingly elegant. On the nose, the wine has ripe notes of morello cherries and plums which are accentuated by notes of mint, orange peel with soft tannins in the mouth, juicy acidity ending with a long and smoky finish.
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||2022|
|Tasting Profiles||Rustic, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Round, Red fruit, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|