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Salvaje del Moncayo Garnacha 2014

Red Wine from Spain
One of the most exciting reds in our range, this high-altitude gem shows off the lighter-footed side of Spanish garnacha with satisfying and succulent red-berry fruit flavours and remarkable elegance for the price.
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Code: SP10631

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Grenache/Garnacha
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Cork, natural

Proyecto Garnachas de España

This fascinating initiative is the brainchild of winemaker Raul Acha, who makes wine in several regions across Spain. He lives in Rioja where his family has grown grapes for several generations and his father's ancient garnacha vineyard inspired Raul to search different vineyards across Spain that he feels best reflect the noble features of this variety. His research identified Calatayud, Moncayo and Rioja in the north, and Priorat by the Mediterranean.

He believes that garnacha, like pinot noir, reflects the natural features of its site (climate, soil, aspect) and so his winemaking approach is sensitive so as not to mask these individual nuances. The Society currently lists Moncayo which represents the fresh, juicy and wonderfully fruity character of garnacha grown at high altitude.

Spain Vintage 2014

The 2014 vintage in Spain has generally produced decent quality and good volume. In Rioja, however, conditions were challenging: after a cool spring, the summer was dry with warm temperatures, and Rioja looked set for an excellent harvest. But high rainfall and warm temperatures in September and October 2014 provided perfect conditions for fungal disease. Selection was therefore essential to make good wines. Some producers took decisive action: for example, Bodegas Muga invested in a new optical sorter which, though costly, meant only the healthiest grapes were included in the fermentation.

2014 is therefore a year to follow producers who were prepared to forego quantity for quality; these are the bodegas we shall follow. A clearer picture will evolve once the malolactic fermentation is completed.

Ribera del Duero had a large 2014 harvest, in some cases 25% above average, so crop thinning was essential to produce good quality. Like Rioja it will be a vintage to follow producers who...
The 2014 vintage in Spain has generally produced decent quality and good volume. In Rioja, however, conditions were challenging: after a cool spring, the summer was dry with warm temperatures, and Rioja looked set for an excellent harvest. But high rainfall and warm temperatures in September and October 2014 provided perfect conditions for fungal disease. Selection was therefore essential to make good wines. Some producers took decisive action: for example, Bodegas Muga invested in a new optical sorter which, though costly, meant only the healthiest grapes were included in the fermentation.

2014 is therefore a year to follow producers who were prepared to forego quantity for quality; these are the bodegas we shall follow. A clearer picture will evolve once the malolactic fermentation is completed.

Ribera del Duero had a large 2014 harvest, in some cases 25% above average, so crop thinning was essential to produce good quality. Like Rioja it will be a vintage to follow producers who were prepared to make these sacrifices. Reports from Galicia are that the albariño vintage has proved quite tricky this year, with a reduced volume available. Late rains have affected the harvest and selection has been necessary in the vineyard; nevertheless they are pretty confident about quality. From Catalunya our key supplier, Tomàs Cusiné, is upbeat, especially about the whites, which combine flavour and freshness. In Priorat particularly, rain and hail caused worries about rot but good growers worked to overcome them and there is expectation that the reds will show lovely fruit and freshness and the ability to age well.

Further south, drought in Jumilla (home to monastrell and where The Society's Southern Spanish Red comes from) reduced yields by 20% but this dry weather has meant grapes have ripened in perfect health.
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2014 vintage reviews
2012 vintage reviews

The Observer

A brilliant barbecuebottle at a great price... this northern Spanish garnacha has a deliciousquality of tart plum that gives lift and bite to the sweetly juicy and plumpbrambly fruit. 

- David Williams

The Mail on Sunday

A staggeringly goodprice for the latest vintage of this outstanding red, trouncing the prices ofrival stockists. Rich, floral, spicy, stunning.

- Olly Smith

Decanter

Raul Acha has beenseeking oput the vineyards in Spain that best reflect the essence of garnacha.This vibrant offering comes from old vines in the north and spent a short timein oak. Juicy and fresh, it...
Raul Acha has beenseeking oput the vineyards in Spain that best reflect the essence of garnacha.This vibrant offering comes from old vines in the north and spent a short timein oak. Juicy and fresh, it had wild berry and spice flavours and a succulent mouthfeel
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.- Christelle Guibert

thewinegang.com

Proyecto Garnachas deEspaña is a project entirely devoted to the Garnacha grape, seeking out thebest plots for the variety across Spain. This one comes from 810-metre highvineyards in the Moncayo...
Proyecto Garnachas deEspaña is a project entirely devoted to the Garnacha grape, seeking out thebest plots for the variety across Spain. This one comes from 810-metre highvineyards in the Moncayo mountains of Aragon, which in this case yields aprettier, aromatic style of Garnacha with plenty of plump soft red fruit and ajuicy, tangy orange citrus quality touched with paprika spice that bringsrefreshing life to the palate.
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87/100

Kent & Sussex Courier

A staggeringly pricedrefreshing wine from 55-year-old vines grown at 810m in the foothills of theMoncayo mountains.

- James Viner

Sheffield Star

Something a bitdifferent here. A subtle wine with clarity and freshness. Lightly structuredwith gentle floral notes and hints of berry fruit. Satisfying but notoverwhelming. Well worth a try and a real...
Something a bitdifferent here. A subtle wine with clarity and freshness. Lightly structuredwith gentle floral notes and hints of berry fruit. Satisfying but notoverwhelming. Well worth a try and a real bargain.
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Manchester Evening News

Old garnacha vineshave always made great wine in Spain but this one from high-altitude vineyardsin the Moncayo mountains in Aragon is more refreshing and elegant than most.There is enough herbal brambly...
Old garnacha vineshave always made great wine in Spain but this one from high-altitude vineyardsin the Moncayo mountains in Aragon is more refreshing and elegant than most.There is enough herbal brambly fruit here to put me in mind of dandelion and burdock,and while the fruit is dense it never overwhelms the palate. Very moreishindeed.
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- Andy Cronshaw

The Times

The Times Top 100Winter Wines: Star buy. A gorgeous, fragrant, high- altitude grenache from55-year-old vines, whose dazzling, bold, herby, cranberry and plum fruit stolemy heart.

- Jane MacQuitty

York Press

A lightly-structured,fruity and very drinkable red which is good for the senses and far from harmfulon the pocket…  a refreshing but floral style of garnacha with softtannins and a flowery...
A lightly-structured,fruity and very drinkable red which is good for the senses and far from harmfulon the pocket…  a refreshing but floral style of garnacha with softtannins and a flowery flavour. It's quite strong at 13.5% abv, but whilepeppery and tangy it isn't overwhelming and at £6.95 a bottle it's far fromoverwhelming on the wallet too.
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-  Peter Martini

Daily Mail

This is the bestvalue, big-tasting, sub-seven quid red wine of the year.  It is astaggering tour de force with a swirling vortex of forest fruit on the nose anda hearty, rich, medium-weight...
This is the bestvalue, big-tasting, sub-seven quid red wine of the year.  It is astaggering tour de force with a swirling vortex of forest fruit on the nose anda hearty, rich, medium-weight palate.  It is absolutely unmissable!
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- Matthew Jukes

Newcastle Journal

A delight, with vividred fruit balanced by quite juicy acidity. It's a fine bargain at just £6.95…If you forget the cranberry sauce on Christmas Day just sip another mouthful ofthis.

- Helen Savage

Belfast Newsletter

Big, bold andjudiciously spiced ... Lots of redcurrant and raspberry flavours are nicelycountered by firm tannins, tart plum and juicy bramble fruit flavours in thisrustic Spanish red.

- Raymond Gleugh

Western Mail

…good-value… tastywith raspberry and spicy aromas and soft well-balanced red berry and cranberryflavours plus a hint of peppery spice.

- Andrew Campbell

The Observer

For the roast lambthat will be at the heart of my own Easter Sunday meal, the splash out optionwould be a mellow mature traditional old Rioja. An alternative would be tomatch the fat of the lamb with the...
For the roast lambthat will be at the heart of my own Easter Sunday meal, the splash out optionwould be a mellow mature traditional old Rioja. An alternative would be tomatch the fat of the lamb with the brighter, more vibrant brambly-fruitedyouthfulness of garnacha from elsewhere in Spain in the shape of a vivid,succulent, fresh red from the mountains of Moncayo in Aragon.
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- David Williams

Knackered Mothers Wine Club

This is a great take on Grenache, or Garnacha as it’s called in Spain. Bright, juicy and bold with big bramble fruit flavours, it’s from the Moncayo region in Aragon, in northern Spain. ...
This is a great take on Grenache, or Garnacha as it’s called in Spain. Bright, juicy and bold with big bramble fruit flavours, it’s from the Moncayo region in Aragon, in northern Spain. The vines have got a bit of age on them and thanks to a bit of height too – the vineyards are over 800m above sea level – the climate encourages properly concentrated fruit flavours in the grapes. If you’re a member of The Wine Society, you can get this for just £6.95 a bottle, even more of a bargain [than the £7.99 elsewhere]. Throw barbecued meat or spicy, tomato-heavy veggie dishes at this one.
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- Helen McGinn

The Mail on Sunday

Among the best-valuereds in the UK is La Garnacha Salvaje de Moncayo 2014 (13.5%), which you canfind in Majestic and the Wine Society from £7.25. The Spanish bottle reflects its vineyard site. High...
Among the best-valuereds in the UK is La Garnacha Salvaje de Moncayo 2014 (13.5%), which you canfind in Majestic and the Wine Society from £7.25. The Spanish bottle reflects its vineyard site. High altitude gives lightnessand elegance, defining this gem’s fruitier side with aplomb. If I could flythis bottle from a flagpole today, I would.
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- Olly Smith

Decanter

An impressive wine, with an even more impressive price tage. From old bush vines, it is fresh, vibrant and complex, full of juicy black fruit and mint. More elegant than your average grenache, this ...
An impressive wine, with an even more impressive price tage. From old bush vines, it is fresh, vibrant and complex, full of juicy black fruit and mint. More elegant than your average grenache, this quaffer is one for the Sunday roast.
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- Christelle Guibert

100 AWEsome Wines

From old vines andhigh altitude vineyards this has sumptuously juicy and plummy Garnacha fruitand is both big and bold, but with a touch more style than most. Great with lamb,spicy kebabs or rich tomato...
From old vines andhigh altitude vineyards this has sumptuously juicy and plummy Garnacha fruitand is both big and bold, but with a touch more style than most. Great with lamb,spicy kebabs or rich tomato based dishes.
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- Carolyn Bosworth-Davis

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