February 2019 Selection

Three paintbrushes, one colour

February 2019 Selection

Agrícola de Cadalso Garnacha 2015 (2 bottles)
Indígena Negre 2017 (2 bottles)
Unsi Terrazas Tinto 2016 (2 bottles)

Normal retail price: £57.80
Club Discount Price: £50.41
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About this selection...

The three winemaking teams behind this month's selection are true artists in the sense of being capable of creating something new and wonderful from raw materials. Our selected artists all use the same colour for their work, the red Grenache, but different canvases. The differences between the diverse soils, altitudes, and climates in Madrid, Penedès, and Navarre makes each wine unique yet they still share some similarities. Agrícola de Cadalso, Indígena Red and Unsi Terrazas Red are three different works of art painted using the same colour but with brushes yielded by three different teams of excellent winemakers who have shown a masterly capacity to represent the natural elements behind each of these wines.

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Agrícola de Cadalso Garnacha 2015 (2 bottles)

Young red. Cooperativa Agrícola de Cadalso Vinos de Madrid, Spain Grenache

Bottle: £7.17 club members / £8.22 non-members


This magnificent single-variety Grenache wine is the result of a collaboration between the Comando G winemaking team and the Cooperativa Agrícola de Cadalso to recover old abandoned vineyards and give new life to the cooperative which, although it has a long history (founded in 1956), had not been doing so well when they started this project.

But, in fact, this Grenache from the Cooperativa Agrícola de Cadalso is clear proof that cooperatives can produce top quality wines. It is a single-variety wine from the heights of the Sierra de Gredos mountains offering not just the character of Madrid wines, but also the unmistakable profile of Grenache wines. And all this at a very affordable price.

A pale red wine with an intense mineral character, its aromas of red fruits of the forest mix with notes of scrubland in the nose. It has mature tannins and is easy to drink, with a taste embellished by aromas of plums and charcoal giving it a delicate and personal character. The finished wine retains a slight sparkling trace from its fermentation which, alongside its wild acidity, means that even though it has an alcohol content of 14%, it is by no means an aggressive drink. The aromas of its crispy fruit remain intact thanks, in part, to the vinification carried out in concrete tanks. A cool sensation of stones and dust wrap around the fruit providing elegance, and adding complexity and a degree of nobleness to this small but great Madrid wine.

Meats cooked on hot stone / hare / Parmesan cheese

  • Wine Tasting Notes:
    • Colour
      Garnet / reddish glints
    • Bouquet
      Fragrant / fruit aromas / red fruit / cherries / raspberry / Mediterranean herbs / bay / fennel / citrus notes
    • Palate
      Smooth / voluminous / well-integrated tannins / fruit-forward / balanced / liquorice / long / persistent
  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 14ºC and 16ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2020.

Agrícola de Cadalso Garnacha 2015
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Indígena Negre 2017 (2 bottles)

Young red Crianza. Parés Baltà Penedès, Spain Grenache

Bottle: £8.26 club members / £9.48 non-members


There are very few single-variety Grenache wines produced in Penedès, even though this grape is a traditional indigenous one from the Mediterranean area. The Indígena wine from the Parés Baltà winery is designed to pay homage to these fresh, wild, tantalizing Grenache vines so commonly cultivated in the past.

It is made with fruit from 14-year-old vines planted in loam and chalk soils 616 metres up in the Serra d'Ancosa hills. This poor mountain soil can be imagined in every sip, as can the intense sun this corner of Penedès enjoys. A juicy but fresh wine — very fresh, in fact. Its untamed acidity promises it can age exceptionally well, but also means we can enjoy this wine straight away, especially with the ideal food pairing. Perfect companions include any kind of meat, or even oily fish, with a good amount of protein and fat. The Indígena Negre is juicy and broad in the mouth; smooth with an extremely long finish. Subtle hints of toast from its short time spent in wood together with its roundness from the same ageing process produce a well-balanced honest and spiced wine with a good structure. Its dry finish reminds the drinker of grape skin and round off an unconventionally complex mouthfeel.

Roasted pork / vegetable rice dishes / meats with red berry fruit sauces

  • Wine Tasting Notes:
    • Colour
      Picota cherry red / violet glints / clean / bright
    • Bouquet
      Fruit aromas / red fruit / cherries / blackberries / raspberry / toasty notes / spicy notes
    • Palate
      Good entry / light / structured / fruit aromas / red fruit / fresh / elegant tannins / pleasant finish / long / persistent / powerful
  • Alcohol content: 14,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 14ºC and 16ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2021.

Indígena 2017
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Unsi Terrazas Tinto 2016 (2 bottles)

Young red Crianza. Unsi Wines Navarre, Spain Grenache

Bottle: £9.77 club members / £11.21 non-members


The Baja Montaña region in the east of Navarre, bordering with Aragon, is home to some of the best vineyards in the Navarre appellation. Unfortunately, the challenges of working this hilly terrain led to farmers abandoning many vineyards in the past. Many plots had difficult access for machinery and only offered a low yield come harvest-time, off-putting factors at a time when mass production was becoming the order of the day. Unsi is a new project committed to changing this situation around by devoting production to quality rather than quantity. The name Unsi was the old name for the area surrounding the village of San Martín de Unx where the vineyards are located. For Unsi, the remote isolation of these lands and their natural low-yield productions are seen as opportunities instead of problems.

Old vines thrive on terraces at different altitudes and with a variety of soils such as slate-based soil, chalky-clay, and others, to offer us a wine with a unique personality. We could almost describe the Unsi Terrazas Tinto as a Navarrese Grenache from the New World — if such a wine were possible. It blends the best of fresh fruit from mountain vineyards in northern Spain with the warmth and pleasantness of its wood which gives it a certain New World touch. This wine exudes aromas of vanilla and strawberries, brambles and violets, alongside a hint of scrubland which evokes memories of the woodlands surrounding the vines. It is juicy, fresh, and full-bodied in the mouth; an exceptionally rounded wine with a sweet hint thanks, in part, to its time spent ageing in wood, and, in part, to the character of the Grenache.

Roast suckling pig / grilled rabbit / cured cheeses

  • Wine Tasting Notes:
    • Colour
      Cherry red / with violet hues at the rim
    • Bouquet
      Intense / red berries / scrubland / violets
    • Palate
      Fruity / fresh / pleasant finish
  • Alcohol content: 15,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 14ºC and 16ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2021.

Unsi Terrazas Tinto 2016
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