Vina Elena, Bruma del Estrecho de Marin, Parcela Vereda, DO Jumilla, Spain, 2020
A deeply personal project from Elena Pacheco and Isio Ramos, encapsulating the very different reflections of terroir on their much loved Monastrell grape.
Each wine, all DO Jumilla but from different old vine plots, express startling individuality based on their microclimate, soil, location and age of the vines. Sites across two locations, Marín and Las Encebras, three specific plots, Mandiles, Vereda, Particiones, and one estate, Casa Quemada.
This plot is called Vereda owing to the fact that a traditional drovers’ road (vereda) used for the transhumance of bulls used to run next to it. One of the most interesting things about this plot is that it boasts two evidently distinct types of soil: a hillside with white, chalky soils, poor in organic material, which affords salinity to the wine, and at the foot of the hillside, fresher soils that boast more abundant clay. Parcela Vereda is located near the town of Tobarra, northern part of D.O.P. Jumilla. The vines are ungrafted, 45 year old gobelet-trained bush vines sited in dry non irrigated soils and spur-pruned.
Fermented in stainless-steel vats at a temperature controlled to 24-26 °C using natural yeasts. Aged in cement tank without epoxi for 4 months and in 500 litre French oak fudref or 3 months.
Type: 500 litre French Oak Fudre
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None
The wine boasts exceptionally attractive fruit nuances and good acidity, which is obscured with a noticeably high saline content in the mouth. Intense aromas of red berries, hints of cacao, quite spiced, balsamic, and earthy on the nose, followed by plentiful flavour intensity, slightly hints of vanilla combined with the red fruit. Velvet palate, well-balanced with ripe tannins and long finish.
Great wine to pair with "arroz y conejo", rissotto, pastas and of course any kind of tapas and meat. Unsurprisingly, it also pairs well with thai and cantonese cuisine. The possibilities of pairings with this wine are immense.
Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate 91 Points
The more powerful and ripe 2020 Bruma del Estrecho Parcela Vereda comes from a Monastrell plot that tends to deliver riper and darker wines. It has a heady profile of ripe black fruit and a spicy/smoky touch from the aging in second use 500-liter French oak barrels coupled by Mediterranean herbs like rosemary and esparto grass. It's juicy and round, full-bodied and lush, with ripe flavors in the finish. 91 Points, LG, April 2022.
6 x 75cl