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Viña Elena, Familia Pacheco Barrica, DO Jumilla, Spain, 2020

Product code: 7591
Viña Elena, Familia Pacheco Barrica, DO Jumilla, Spain, 2020

Producer Profile

Widely considered to be one of the best wineries in Jumilla, Viña Elena is very much a family affair with Elena Pacheco at the helm supported ably by her mother, sisters and children.

Viña Elena sits directly inland from the Costa Blanca and that venerable holiday destination, Benidorm. Safe to say, it is hot in this south east corner of Spain and Elena is fascinated by Monastrell and how she can create ever more elegant and delicate incarnations of it, despite the intensity of the sun. From their 17 hectares of organically cultivated vines set within the semi-arid, hilly landscape, Elena experiments with the differing soil types to see how Monastrell will react and how she can express the personality of the grape. The differing terroir, organic practices and the lack of oak influence all goes to create fascinating wines of greater elegance, fruit and delicacy than the heat of this sun worshippers' land would have you expect.

Viticulture

The Monastrell comes from dry-farmed, gobelet-trained, spur-pruned, hand harvested vines planted on limestone soils, where the vines are around 30-40 years old. There is a combination of different plots located in different sub-zones at altitudes range between 380-680m a.s.l. Low density planted. Syrah & Cabernet are from trellised vines which are drip irrigated. This plot is located at 550m a.s.l. in the “Omblancas” valley, 7 km north-west from Jumilla Town. Soils are sandy clay and the high density cane pruned vines planted in 2004. Garnacha Tintorera is sometimes added to the blend, this comes from a dry-farmed, gobelet-trained, spur-pruned plot sited on clay soils in the centre of the Marin valley, which is harvested by hand. This high density plot was planted in 2012 at an altitude of 360m a.s.l.

Winemaking

A traditional fermentation in stainless steel vat, temperature controlled at 24º C for 8 days. Native yeast, malolactic fermentation in vat and then 6 months in 300 L. French oak barrels. New oak, second-fill and third-fill barrels are combine to make a wine with elegant aromas and flavours of vanilla and cacao without overwhelming the fruit of the grape varieties.

Oak Ageing

Time: 6 Months
Type: French
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None

Tasting Note

Bright medium ruby in colour with an attractive nose offering layers of black fruit (black plums), licorice, slight hints of vanilla and cacao. There is excellent balance between acidity, tannins, sweetness and alcohol. This medium-bodied red has an exceptional combination of weight and flavours. Ready to drink now but this could well age considerably.

Food Matching

Delicious with tapas, roast meats, stews and cheese.

Technical Details
Varieties:
Monastrell 60%
Cabernet Sauvignon 15%
Others 25%
Vegetarian Vegan Works Organically
ABV:
14.5%

Closure:
Technical cork

Colour:
Red

Style:
Still wine

Case Size:
12 x 75cl