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Characteristics of Alaya Tierra
Alaya Tierra is a red wine made by Bodegas Atalaya in Almansa, Albacete. Atalaya Bodegas Juan Gil belongs to Family Wineries, the group responsible for the well-known Juan Gil, or Clio, or Shaya for name just a few.
Bodegas Atalaya is a relatively new winery, which was established in 2007. Alaya Earth is a single varietal Garnacha Tintorera.
The grapes come from old vines planted at an altitude of about 1,000 meters above sea level. They are exposed to a continental climate with very low rainfall. Vineyards are very low yield, but offer a fruit of great quality, with a great concentration of colour and aromas.
Fermentation takes place in small stainless steel tanks. Alaya Tierra is aged for 15 months in in French oak barrels and a small proportion in American oak.
A powerful, dense Almansa wine with character. Able to show the essence of the earth.
Serve at 18ºC
White roasted meat, Stews, Mushrooms, Game animals, Beans and pulses, Deer, Roasted red meats, Mature cheese, Roasts, Red meat with sauce, Grilled lamb
SightIntense cherry colour. Dense, shiny and satiny.NoseA complex and intense nose. Great presence of very ripe red and black fruit, toasted and roasted notes and memories from the barrel. Spices, minerals. Concentration and elegance.TasteThe taste is a powerful and elegant. Meaty, dense, concentrated, mature. With great presence of fruit. Tannins present with good acidity. Aftertaste is very long and persistent.
SightIntense and dark cherry colour with violet reflections and a maroon rim. Dense, bright and glyceric.NoseA red wine with a high aromatic intensity. Once it opens out it shows complexity and is concentrated and elegant. This new vintage stands out because of its notes of ripe black fruit and its initial milky notes. Spicy, toasted, roasted, herbal and mineral aromas become increasingly noticeable.TasteThis Spanish wine shows bulky, elegant and powerful attack, and is firm and fleshy on the palate, coating the mouth in nice fruity flavours. It is dense and concentrated with its tannins are noticeable, along with its good acidity and aromas of fine woods. A very balanced wine with a long and very persistent finish.
SightIntense and dark cherry colour with violet reflections and maroon edges. Dense, bright and unctuous.NoseA red wine with a high aromatic intensity. As it gets aerated it shows a good strength, a nice complexity, concentration and elegance. This new vintage stands out for its notes of ripe black fruit and its initial milky notes. Its spicy, toasted, roasted, herbal and mineral aromas are increasingly noticeable.TasteThis Spanish wine shows a voluminous, elegant and powerful attack, and a firm and fleshy mid palate. It coats the mouth with nice fruity aromas. It is dense and concentrated and its tannins, its noble wood aromas and its good acidity are highly noticeable. Long and very persistent, balanced finish.
SightIntense and dark, almost black ripe cherry colour with maroon edges. Dense and bright.NoseHigh aromatic intensity. As the wine opens up, its high powerness turns into complexity, concentration and elegance. Its aromas of very ripe black fruit are released along with spicy and toasted notes and milky, grassy and mineral nuances.TasteIt has a powerful, wide and bulky attack and a firm, fleshy, dense and very concentrated mid palate. Its tannins are highly noticeable along with the notes of fine wood and a good and balanced acidity. Long and very persistent finish. This is a very well structured and full-bodied red wine.
SightVery dark and intense black cherry colour, with light maroon edges. Bright wine with dense and slow-falling tears.NoseVery elegant and very intense aromas. On its great background of noble woods, the expressive notes of very ripe black fruit are mixed with spices, milky touches and mineral hints. When it opens up, it gain in expressiveness and intensity keeping always the fruit at center stage.TasteA serious, tasty and balanced round wine.
It shows a powerful, warm, very large and embracing attack and a silky, dense, tasty and fresh mid palate. The toasted notes felt in the nose are noticed again and become more expressive. Nice perfectly integrated tannins are also noticed. Excellent acidity. Very well structured wine with a very long and very persistent finish.
The DO. Almansa region is located between the lands of Levant and the La Mancha plains and is known for their cultivation of two robust grape varieties: Monastrell and Garnacha Tintorera. Taking advantage of intense cold winters, a reasoned vintage and modern technology has resulted in wines with finesse and nuances very different to the hardy, concentrated, high alcohol and bulk produced wines that the region was formally known for.
Bodegas Atalaya is a new project by Gil Family Estates, also in collaboration with the López family from Pilar de la Horadada. The winery is located in D.O.P. Almansa, east of the province of Albacete, between the plateau and the Mediterranean Sea. The first harvest of Bodegas Atalaya took place in 2007. Since then, they have progressed firmly to improve the facilities and do research on the production with the varieties Garnacha Tintorera (Red Grenache) and Monastrell.