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Abundantly fruity, fragrant Spanish red which is soft, rich and satisfying but not heavy. This has the attractive red-berry flavour that makes garnacha such an appealing grape.
Product Code: SP16131
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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.
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"A delight and not what I expected at all. Full marks for the Wine Society, and please tell me when I can buy more. Dr Geoffrey Vevers "
Dr Geoffrey Vevers (21-Sep-2020)
"Red cherry fruit, a touch of spice that is unmasked by oak, more in the pinot style than burly garnacha. Hint of antiseptic on the end but in pleasant way. Wouldn’t be in a rush to buy again but appreciate the lighter style"
Mr Tony S Shaw (28-Mar-2020)
"An ok, middle of the road party wine. Has limited body and only slight fruit although quite smooth and easy to drink. Far better Spanish reds in the WS catalogue in this price range!"
Mr Terence Eastham (06-Dec-2019)
Henry's World of Booze (15th Mar 2020)
"Garnacha (grenache in
French) at its best, like here, comes across like a sort of boozy pinot noir.
It’s light in colour, fragrant, delightfully drinkable, and good chilled. I
always have a few bottles in the house as it’s so versatile. Just watch out as
it’s much stronger than it tastes. - Henry Jeffreys"
Decanter (1st Feb 2020)
"Wild by name and wild
by nature, this splendid old-vine garnacha has a real sense of mountain
freshness and scrubland herbiness to go with its easy, generous-but-focused and
perfectly ripe red fruit. It's also excellent value. 89/100 David Williams"
"Quite soft and a little sweet with fruit coming through and a sharp tannic finish. Later chocolate vanilla maybe a bit of ester in the background. Very interesting and very nice. 9/10"
Dr Andy Rawlins (06-Aug-2019)
"Flavourful and quite moorish and at sub £10 a bottle a bit of a bargain."
Mr John Gardner (10-Feb-2019)
"I ordered a case of this wine recently and opened the first bottle last evening. As usual I double decanted it (Bottle>Jug>Bottle), left it for a couple of hours after which I was very disappointed. The wine had a hot harsh lingering taste. I was so disappointed that I boxed-up the remaining 11 bottles with the intention of returning them to WS but today the wine has lost its unpleasant flavours and matured into a very pleasant wine not dissimilar to a good Beaujolais but not full bodied as described so I shall not be returning it to the WS. My conclusion is that the wine is much too young just now and any I drink this year will be decanted well in advance."
Mr Bill George (20-Jul-2018)
"Initially very pleasing with and without food but this was not sustained. Interesting initially then a little flat and monichrome."
Mr Charles Stokes (07-Feb-2018)
Really enjoyable red. Unlike many Spanish wines the oak does not dominated the experience. Fresh red fruit that is pretty on the nose and tastes fresh and plush. Well worth trying."
Mr Rafael Goncalves (27-Oct-2017)
"Had high expectations for this after enjoying a few cases of the 2014 as a good dinner party beverage (the label is a piece of art for starters). However, after trying a few bottles of this, with a variety of meals and solo, I am afraid it is only 2 stars from me. Not as complex and balanced as the previous vintage sadly, although the fruit is still there the length isn't."
Mr George Beesley (15-Oct-2017)
"Smell of plum, peppery taste, very light tannins; nothing special though"
Mr Matthew Utting (12-Jun-2017)
"An interesting wine and enjoyable - if you like maceration carbonique. Of medium body, with aromas of forest fruits and leather; the palate is medium-bodied and fresh with gentle tannins, quite soft acidity and charracters of cherries and bubble gum, finishing very fresh and of reasonable length."
Mr John Lamond (10-May-2017)
"A fascinating wine. At first a bit closed and maybe a tad austere, but an hour after opening this blossoms into a glorious, long and elegant wine. Next time I will decant it before drinking. Hints of tobacco/leather with good floral notes. Smooth with good tannins. Recommended."
Mr Trevor Brown (15-Mar-2017)
"Sadly not quite in the same league as the 2014 vintage. Whilst still jam-packed with fruit, the 2015 replaces some of the succulence of its predecessor with a touch more tartness. Still decent for the price, nonetheless!"
Mr Addam Merali-Hosiene (07-Jan-2017)
"Not bursting with fruit, pleasant to drink, spicy finish. My wife enjoyrd this more than I did."
Mr Gordon Allan (28-Dec-2016)
"Purchased a bottle of the 2014 vintage earlier this year to try and kept looking at it on the wine rack thinking I will save it for later. However finally decided to open it one evening just as a week day bottle. So glad I did. This has a light feel to it, but at 13.5% it is not. The lack of oak and fruity nature means its great for those who find some of the New World types just too heavy. I bought it for £5.50, which is a steal, now it's £7.75 for the 2015. If it's as good as the 2014 it's probably still worth it. perhaps will have a go with the 2015 on another occasion."
Mr Peter Orrell (08-Dec-2016)
Decanter (1st Feb 2018)
"Top 30 Spanish wines
for everyday drinking: Vintae has a range of garnachas from the Pyrenees to
Rioja via Navarra. I particularly like this 'wild' (Salvaje) garnacha from the
Moncayo mountains from Aragón. It's grown at 820m and has a plummy, rip palate
with a bright freshness. Great value. 90/100 Sarah Jane Evans"
independent.co.uk (10th Dec 2017)
"An all-purpose red.
What we need here is a wine that will not break the bank but not disgrace the
table, equally at home as a wine for quaffing at parties and as a companion in
front of the fire, with a supper plate of leftovers… From old garnacha vines, grown
in the Aragon mountains of central Spain, the high altitude contributes a
freshness into the smooth, plump, brambly, berry-fruit flavours. Wonderfully
drinkable and terrific value. - Terry Kirby"
Scotland on Sunday (23rd Jul 2017)
"Northwest of Zaragoza
in Ribera del Queriles, [garnacha] produces [this] (almost Burgundian style)
cherry and red plum-scented [wine] with light tannins yet real clove-scented
depth softened by six months in old oak. - Brian Elliott"
Liverpool Echo (11th Jul 2017)
"The grapes are grown
on rocky soils on the north face of Moncayo mountain and so this wine has the
character of a cool climate red, not an in-your-face hot and sunbed crazy
garnacha. It is a light style, like a pinot noir, with herbs, violets,
cherries, raspberries and a hint of spice. - Jane Clare"
New Statesman (7th Apr 2017)
"Fragrant, earthy and
red-fruity, made to please both mouth and wallet. - Nina Caplan"
JancisRobinson.com (16th Mar 2017)
raspberries on the nose. Ultra-smooth and quite light for Garnacha - no heat
here. Simple but effective. Perhaps just a little pepper spice on the finish,
but you have to look for it.16/20 Richard Hemming"
wineanorak.com (15th Feb 2017)
"This is a mountain
between the south of Navarra and the west of Aragon. 810 m, 55 year old vines,
stony soil with schist. Lots of abandoned old vineyards here. It's a Vino de la
Tierra Ribera del Queiles. Lovely supple, rounded fruit with lovely juicy cherry
and raspberry fruit. Very fresh and supple and superbly drinkable. This is the
pinot noir of the south and it's beautifully done with fine detail and nice
acidity. There's a lovely mineral core and the sweetness of the fruit is really
direct and seductive, but it's fresh and balanced. 92/100 Jamie Goode"
i (11th Feb 2017)
"Made from old-vine
garnacha grapes in Spain's mountainous Moncayo region. Powerful aromas of wild
berries and tobacco leaf are tempered by freshness and floral edges. Subtle
French oak provides elegance. Drink with spicy chorizo. - Hannah Tavner"
"Hits the great combo of flavour and drinkability that you'd want from a wine at this price point. Great value for money.
Mr Addam Merali-Hosiene (29-Dec-2016)
"Congrats to the buyer who discovered this. Excellent wine and stunning value for money."
Kevin Finn Esq (05-Nov-2016)
"Great full body fruit and spice.
Mr Neil Gowers (29-Oct-2016)
"Every now and then, perhaps 10 times in the last 50 years I have stumbled on an outstanding wine. The penury induced by .5% on savings has had me hunting in the lower price range in the Society's list these days. I tentatively bought a couple of bottles of this and they blew my socks off. The pure bright light fruit with soft tannins make this a great wine at any price. At my daughters 50th birthday recently this was the red I served at the celebration dinner and I cannot remember having had so many complements about any wine that I have served before."
Mr Peter Weston (12-Aug-2016)
"First tried this about 4 years ago in Lanzarote, and instantly recommended it to a friend who holidayed their regularly. So a very big thank you to T.W.S for obtaining it on a regular basis; without doubt a wonderful wine for the price. Lashings of delicious Garnacha fruit, soft tannins, excellent length on the palate at it's price point. Now I need to find the rest of the Garnacha wines involved in this dynamic project."
Mr William Laverick (11-Aug-2016)
"I think it is quite unpleasant. No idea why it gets such rave reviews"
Mr Mark G Cobham (11-Aug-2016)
Mr James Mann (11-Aug-2016)
Mr John Howard (11-Aug-2016)
Mr Mark Holland (11-Aug-2016)
"A fantastic wine, out scores many other selections at twice the price. Fruit forward with a lovely black pepper and spicy finish. So easy to polish off the whole bottle in a night. Highly recommended and will be stocking up on this gem"
Mr Paul Davies (06-Aug-2016)
"Excellent wine at a great price, very easy drinking, light but packed full of flavour and fruit."
Mr William Baxter (24-Jul-2016)
"Got to be 5 stars at this price.Rich and earthy with wonderful raspberry fruit.A no-brainer re-order!!"
Mr Jeff Garner (11-Jul-2016)
"Remarkable value for money. So pure and fresh tasting."
Mr Jonathan Rippon (01-Jul-2016)
"I still think that this wine offers great value at £6.95. I have now bought it on three separate occasions, and I recently served it at a charity call-my-bluff tasting when it was showing very well . However, I would say that there is significant variability between batches and bottles. Some bottles have been very youthful in colour, (almost purple, with some dissolved CO2, suggesting perhaps some refreshing with 2015) whilst other bottles have been mature looking for 2014. BTW, the bluff answers were Austrian Pinot Noir and Beaujolais - most people went for Garnacha."
Mr Edgar Bettridge (02-May-2016)
"Ms Benson is spot on - really enjoyable and excellent value. Feels light in body for garnacha but watch the 13.5%!"
Mr Simon Milner (14-Apr-2016)
"Outrageously drinkable. Light and fruity without being frivolous; plenty going on in the raspberry and vimto end of the spectrum but fully dry and refreshing. Seems suited to serving at cooler pinot noir type temperatures. Great value for money."
Ms Katy Benson (22-Feb-2016)
"I love this wine, as it does not fall into the classic trap of being too sweet. It has all the fruit commented on by other reviewers, but at least in some bottles has a wonderful earthy smell and tannins that give a savoury edge to the taste. For the price it is fabulous."
Mr John Foxworthy-Bowers (29-Dec-2015)
"Olly Smith is right, this wine is very good for the price."
Mr Michael Slack (11-Nov-2015)
"Tastes like many wines of £10 and above. Great flavours without excess levels of alcohol or fruit trying to hit the levels of WI jam. Subtle and elegant garnacha - went really well with confit duck"
Mr Chris Smith (07-Nov-2015)
"What a brilliant wine! The colour of Pinot Noir, restrained alcohol for Spanish Garnacha, lifted acidity, elegance and finesse - for just £6.95........ Don't buy it if you are looking for an alcoholic, oaky Spanish, fruit-bomb though. Would be quite a good one to serve blind if you wanted to catch people out. I liked the modern label too. Will be buying more of this."
Mr Edgar Bettridge (03-Nov-2015)
"Sorry to disagree with a fellow Member but this is great value grenache. I can only think that he was unlucky enough to have received a dud bottle. I had had a good number of bottles of this wine and it never fails to please us. At £6.95 VGV."
Mr Ian Day (11-Oct-2015)
"Disappointing. The cork dry and difficult to open, The wine has no body and is poor value. Returned!"
Dr Latif Kaba (14-Sep-2015)
100 AWEsome Wines (4th May 2017)
"From old vines and
high altitude vineyards this has sumptuously juicy and plummy Garnacha fruit
both big and bold, but with a touch more style than most. Great with lamb,
spicy kebabs or rich tomato based
dishes. - Carolyn Bosworth-Davis"
Decanter (6th Oct 2016)
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
- Christelle Guibert
The Mail on Sunday (11th Sep 2016)
"Among the best-value
reds in the UK is La Garnacha Salvaje de Moncayo 2014 (13.5%), which you can
find in Majestic and the Wine Society from £7.25.
The Spanish bottle reflects its vineyard site. High altitude gives lightness
and elegance, defining this gem’s fruitier side with aplomb. If I could fly
this bottle from a flagpole today, I would. - Olly Smith"
Knackered Mothers Wine Club (26th Jul 2016)
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.
- Helen McGinn
The Observer (20th Mar 2016)
"For the roast lamb
that will be at the heart of my own Easter Sunday meal, the splash out option
would be a mellow mature traditional old Rioja. An alternative would be to
match the fat of the lamb with the brighter, more vibrant brambly-fruited
youthfulness of garnacha from elsewhere in Spain in the shape of a vivid,
succulent, fresh red from the mountains of Moncayo in Aragon. - David Williams"
Western Mail (5th Jan 2016)
with raspberry and spicy aromas and soft well-balanced red berry and cranberry
flavours plus a hint of peppery spice. - Andrew Campbell"
Belfast Newsletter (19th Dec 2015)
"Big, bold and
judiciously spiced ... Lots of redcurrant and raspberry flavours are nicely
countered by firm tannins, tart plum and juicy bramble fruit flavours in this
rustic Spanish red. - Raymond Gleugh"
Newcastle Journal (1st Dec 2015)
"A delight, with vivid
red 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 of
this. - Helen Savage"
Daily Mail (28th Nov 2015)
"This is the best
value, big-tasting, sub-seven quid red wine of the year. It is a
staggering tour de force with a swirling vortex of forest fruit on the nose and
a hearty, rich, medium-weight palate. It is absolutely unmissable! - Matthew Jukes"
York Press (21st Nov 2015)
fruity and very drinkable red which is good for the senses and far from harmful
on the pocket… a refreshing but floral style of garnacha with soft
tannins and a flowery flavour. It's quite strong at 13.5% abv, but while
peppery and tangy it isn't overwhelming and at £6.95 a bottle it's far from
overwhelming on the wallet too. - Peter Martini"
The Times (21st Nov 2015)
"The Times Top 100
Winter Wines: Star buy. A gorgeous, fragrant, high- altitude grenache from
55-year-old vines, whose dazzling, bold, herby, cranberry and plum fruit stole
my heart. - Jane MacQuitty"
Manchester Evening News (21st Nov 2015)
"Old garnacha vines
have always made great wine in Spain but this one from high-altitude vineyards
in 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 moreish
indeed. - Andy Cronshaw"
Sheffield Star (9th Nov 2015)
"Something a bit
different here. A subtle wine with clarity and freshness. Lightly structured
with gentle floral notes and hints of berry fruit. Satisfying but not
overwhelming. Well worth a try and a real bargain."
Kent & Sussex Courier (12th Nov 2015)
"A staggeringly priced
refreshing wine from 55-year-old vines grown at 810m in the foothills of the
Moncayo mountains. - James Viner"
thewinegang.com (3rd Nov 2015)
"Proyecto Garnachas de
España is a project entirely devoted to the Garnacha grape, seeking out the
best plots for the variety across Spain. This one comes from 810-metre high
vineyards in the Moncayo mountains of Aragon, which in this case yields a
prettier, aromatic style of Garnacha with plenty of plump soft red fruit and a
juicy, tangy orange citrus quality touched with paprika spice that brings
refreshing life to the palate. 87/100"
Decanter (28th Oct 2015)
"Raul Acha has been
seeking 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 time
in oak. Juicy and fresh, it had wild berry and spice flavours and a succulent mouthfeel.- Christelle Guibert"
The Mail on Sunday (25th Oct 2015)
"A staggeringly good
price for the latest vintage of this outstanding red, trouncing the prices of
rival stockists. Rich, floral, spicy, stunning. - Olly Smith"
The Observer (21st Jun 2015)
"A brilliant barbecue
bottle at a great price... this northern Spanish garnacha has a delicious
quality of tart plum that gives lift and bite to the sweetly juicy and plump
brambly fruit. - David Williams"
"Agree with the Mr Coombes review. This is racy garnacha that's a real pleasure to drink."
Mr Jonathan Rippon (30-Jan-2015)
"Wonderfully clean Garnacha without the sometimes jammy overtones of some of the more southernly grown examples of this variety."
Mr David Coombes (06-Dec-2014)
Kent & Sussex Courier (12th Jun 2015)
"Sweet, juicy, soft
tannins and abundant wild berry, tobacco and red cherry notes distinguish this
splendid terroir-driven wild garnacha tinta grown at around 800m on the north
facing slope of Aragona’s Moncayo massif. It was one of my favourite reds at a
blind tasting held at the Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells earlier this month and
for sheer value and unadulterated imbibing pleasure it blew away a grenache-led
Châteauneuf-du-Pape over twice the price. Out-of-the-ordinary quality and
freshness for a varietal grenache and a £15 red at half the price, aged for
five months in new French oak barrels. It's great for barbecues. Don't miss
out. You have the scoop. - James Viner "
Birmingham Post (26th Mar 2015)
"Offers red berry and
peppery flavours in a pure and mouthwatering abundance that's hard to find. The
taste begins with a blast of peppery spice that leads to a tsunami of bright
strawberry, raspberry and cherry flavours that linger on the tongue. It's unusual,
seriously tasty and an utter bargain. - Andrew Campbell"
The Lady (20th Mar 2015)
"A Grenache from Catalonia? You'd think it would be a
recipe for massive amounts of alcohol. Instead, at 13.5%, this has some of the
grace of a pinot noir with the most beautiful fragrance. At £7.50 it's a
ridiculous bargain. - Henry Jeffreys"
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