3 Years, Crianza
Winemaker: Maria J M Gonzáles
Winery: Bodegas Navalon
Colour: Bright cherry red with violet shimmer
Nose: Bursting with intense aromas of red berry fruits, with hints of balsamic,vanilla and spice.
Palate: Smooth and rounded on the palate with flavours of cherry, strawberry and redcurrant fruit, hints of vanilla and balsamic lead to a lingering finish.
Food match: Roast lamb, chicken and other grilled meats, hearty casseroles and mature cheeses.
VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION
Aged for three 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. It specialises in producing classic, oak-aged Spanish red wines that are only released when they have reached the peak of perfection.
The Tempranillo grapes were hand-picked from 30 year-old vines in stony Valdepeñas vineyards. The soil is clayey lime and the climate continental, with cold winters and hot, dry summers. Fermentation was at controlled temperatures (below 28º C) in stainless steel tanks. The wine was then matured for at least six months in French and American oak barriques. Malolactic fermentation occurred.
Bronze Medal – International Wine Challenge 2015 (2011 Vintage)
Gold Medal – Berliner Wein Trophy 2014 (2010 Vintage)
87 Points – Wine Advocate, Issue # 195, June 2011 (2007 Vintage):
“The 2007 Crianza was aged in French and American oak. Notions of cedar, spice box, a hint of balsamic, and black cherry lead to a savory, smooth-textured, surprisingly complex wine meant for drinking over the next 3 – 4 years.”
RS: < 2 g/l
VALDEPEÑAS D.O. – AGEING REQUIREMENTS
Crianza wines undergo a minimum aging period of 24 months, including at least 6 months in oak barrels with a maximum capacity of 330 litres.