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Characteristics of La Suerte de Arrayán
La Suerte de Arrayán is a red wine from the D.O Méntrida region produced by the Arrayán winery. This wine is made using only Grenache grapes.
Situated in El Real de San Vincente, at 720 metres above sea level, the vineyard is home to 60 year old vines and granite and sandy soils. The local climate is characterised by the large variations between the extremely cold winters and very hot summers, which is ideal for growing grapes and the production of this type of wine.
The harvest is carried out both manually and mechanically. The grapes are then transported to the winery`s facilites in small 20kg capacity boxes, which helps avoid the grapes breaking and prematurely fermenting.
The grapes are not destemmed and kept whole during production. The first phases of production takes place in stainless steel tanks. The grapes undergo cold macerated for 2 days before fermentation, which takes place at low temperatures for around 25 days. Finally, La Suerte de Arrayán is moved to 300l. capacity French oak barrels where it ages for 12 months.
The Arrayán winery is home to plots that span over 26 hectares, situated between 470-510 metres above sea level. It is these plots that are used to make there wines, which are consistently well received by critics.
Serve at 16ºC
Large game, Game birds, Small game, Iberian ham, Cold meat
Méntrida, like other famous wine regions of La Mancha, is steeped in history. The vines here grow under bright blue Castilian skies in a landscape which enjoys spectacular views of the snowy mantle of the Sierra de Gredos. The character of the wines produced here, tough and honest, were always enjoyed by the Habsburg Dynasty in Madrid. That being said, a new generation of wine is emerging, albeit at a slower rate than other regions in Spain, renovating wineries with modern equipment with a generation of young winemakers who are producing pleasant and balanced wines, some have even managed to recover the local flavour of its wines using the classic earthenware jars, now appreciated and fashionable in other areas.