7 Years, Gran Reserva
Winemaker: Maria José Marchante
Winery: Bodegas Navalon
Colour: Intense red shading to tawny at the rim.
Nose: A range of aromas can be identified on the nose: fresh black cherries, pepper, vanilla, and caramel.
Palate: Medium to full bodied with elegant ripe fruit flavours, generous and well-integrated oak, balanced tannins and a long, intense finish.
Food match: Perfect with roast meats, especially lamb, hearty casseroles, and mature cheeses. Enjoy now, or cellar for up to 2 years.
VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION
Aged for seven years in the cellars of Bodegas Navalon in the small DO Valdepeñas, located in the heart of Spain. Bodegas Navalon has been the passion of the same local family for several generations, and specialises in producing classic, oak-aged Spanish red wines that are only released when they have reached the peak of perfection.
The stony vineyards of Valdepeñas benefit from a dry Continental climate with over 2,500 annual sunshine hours, which is perfect for producing intensely fruity, long-lasting red wines. The Tempranillo grapes were hand-picked from 30 year old vines between the end of August and start of September when the grapes were at optimum ripeness and had excellent acidity. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks (below 28º C) for 15 days, then the ageing process began in a combination of American, French and Hungarian casks with different toasting levels in order to achieve the complex bouquet and flavours of this exceptional wine.
Bronze Medal – International Wine Challenge 2017 (2008 Vintage)
Bronze Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 (2008 Vintage)
Bronze Medal – International Wine Challenge 2015 (2007 Vintage)
Gold Medal – Selections Mondiales de Vins Canada 2014 (2006 Vintage)
RS: < 4 g/l
VALDEPEÑAS D.O. – AGEING REQUIREMENTS
Gran Reserva wines undergo a minimum ageing period of 60 months, including at least 18 months in oak barrels with a maximum capacity of 330 litres.