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Safrà 2020

Safrà

2020
ORGANIC
90
PEÑÍN

£15.60

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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti12.5%

The wine

Safrà (which means saffron) is a red wine from Celler del Roure, a family winery praised by both renowned wine critics and the general wine-loving public. Owned by Pablo Calatayud, an agricultural engineer and above all an enthusiast of the world of wine, the winery has managed to recover the almost extinct local grape variety Mandó, and use it to create excellent wines such as Safrà.

Safrà forms part of the winery's "vinos antiguos" (traditional wines) collection which aims to recover the forgotten winemaking heritage of Mediterranean landscapes. It is made exclusively from local varieties from south-east Spain such as Mandó and Arcos, an almost-lost variety which adds a degree of freshness and complexity to the blend. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and old stone deposits using local yeasts and 30% of whole bunches, with gentle macerations at low temperatures. The finished wine is left to age for 6 months in old 2,800-litre clay vessels in the winery's underground cellar.

Safra is a spectacularly floral and aromatically complex wine, offering depth and flavour with an unexpectedly restrained palate. All in all, a fresh and subtle yet very elegant wine with fine tannins.

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
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Ruby red / Bright
Bouquet
Subtle / Elegant / Floral scents / Violets / Red fruit / Aromatic herbs / Balsamic notes / Pepper / Expressive
Mouth
Balanced / Rich / Fresh / With volume / Velvety / Fine tannins / Elegant / Flavoursome / Long finish / Persistent

Drinking and storing

16ºC

Ratings and awards

202090 PN
201994 PK91 PN
201816 JR
201793 PK91 PN
201692+ PK90 PN
201591+ PK92 SK
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson

The 2019 Safrà was produced with a base of Mandó, but it's a different Mandó from Parotet, livelier and more fluid. They say it's a red with the soul of a white. In any case, both wines change in 2019 with the addition of Arcos. They harvest the grapes early and use some 30% stems for the vinification in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts. This 2019 is a blend with 30% Arcos, an almost forgotten grape they are recovering and to which they are paying very much attention. Like many of the other wines, it matured in ancient buried 2,600-liter tinajas in their impressive 17th-century cellar. I've always liked the floral and aromatic expression of this wine, which has nice aromas and complexity, developing beautiful notes of sour cherries; and in the palate, it's more serious than you expect, longer, deeper and very tasty. This is more ethereal than Vermell and less spicy that Parotet. I think it has gained in freshness and complexity with the addition of Arcos, which is part of the blend for the first time in 2019. In fact, this is better than ever! 20,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2020.

— Luis Gutiérrez (10/09/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2019 - 94 PARKER

Mainly young vines. Light bright crimson. Light bitter note on the end. Relatively simple but this would be a nice, low-tannin red to drink without food.

— Jancis Robinson (25/02/2020)JancisRobinson.com Vintage 2018 - 16 JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

3.9/5
32 reviews
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Vineyards

Finca Els Corrals

Vine ageBetween 20 and 40 years
SoilSandy loam
ClimateMediterranean
Surface area4 hectares