Purulio Jaral 2016

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Marchal, Granada, Spain
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, Garnacha
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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Torcuato Huertas has just 3 hectares on which he grows a staggering 21 varieties of grape. Located on the north side of the Sierra Nevada he has two plots of land, one at 900m and the other at 1050m above sea level. The climate here is continental, with long hot summer days and cool nights. Snow is normal in winter. The two plots however each have their own microclimate. The vines of the lower plot are grown on clay and are relatively protected whereas the higher is an exposed plateau of red soil, more exposed, subject to snowstorms.

His Purulio Blanco - robust, lean and complex is made purely with white grapes from the lower plot. This particular wine on the other hand is made only with red grapes from the plateau, elegant, fresh and balanced, with complex flavours of fresh blueberry and pomegranate. Torcuato’s family have been making wine in the region since 1890 though he is the first one in the family to use oak barrels, previously they used only tinaja (clay amphorae). The unusual blend of grapes and this use of barrel gives the wine an almost Southern Rhône sort of feel (albeit with an unmistakably Mediterranean character) and this follows through into the ageing potential of the wine. As a 2016 this wine is drinking beautifully right now, but it must be noted that Purulio wines reward the patient. We'd expect this one to continue to develop over the coming years, so one to lay down if you're looking for something special to open at a future date.