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Characteristics of Santa Cruz de Artazu
Santa Cruz de Artazu is a red wine made by Artazu wineries in Navarra.
Bodegas Artazu is one of the wineries that make up the group known as Artadi. Santa Cruz de Artazu is a varietal Grenache. In 1996 Artadi acquired some old vines of more than 60 years old in the town of Artazu, a town with a great wine tradition located in the northernmost area of Navarra.
The vines are planted on white clay-limestone soil between 400 and 600 meters above sea level. Poor soils, together with a harsh climate, offer a high quality grape. Artazu winery uses environmentally friendly techniques, without the use of herbicides or pesticides.
The harvest is done manually in small boxes of 15 kg. Once in the winery, a selection of fruits and grains takes place The vinification process takes place in open tanks with a cold maceration lasting 48 hours and fermentation lasting 10-12 days, the grapes are also trodden on a daily basis.
Santa Cruz de Artazu is aged for 12 months in 500 litre French oak barrels. It is a wine that can be consumed now or after 15 years under optimal conditions.
Serve at 17ºC
Cold meat, Mushrooms, Roasts, Roasted Pork, Small game, Grilled red meats, Beef
Cherry coloured with violet edges, middle layer with a fine tear.
Very elegant nose. Fresh and ripened red and black fruits, well-coordinated. Certain spicy and milky notes. There are also roasted flavours, balsamic and some memories of leather and undergrowth.
The palate is powerful, tasty and very pleasant. There is a strong presence of red and black fruit with spices. Long finish with balsamic sensations.
SightCherry red with maroon tones and violet edges. Clean and very bright. It has a beautiful, fine, dense, elegant and slightly-coloured tear.NoseIt has a defined, clean and very elegant nose. Aromas of fresh red fruit and ripe black fruit, fine spiced notes, intense toasted hints, balsamic touches and hints of scrub.TasteFleshy, tasty and very well-structured on the palate. It has a silky and elegant mid-palate that is marked by a notable hint of fruit. A magnificent acidity and ripe and integrated tannins. It is long and persistent, and leaves hints of ripe red fruit on the palate. Smoked and balsamic at retro-olfaction.
SightCherry red colour with maroon tones and violet edge. Clean and very bright. It shows a beautiful, fine, dense, elegant and slightly-coloured tear.NoseIt has a defined, clean and very elegant nose. Aromas of fresh red fruit and ripe black fruit, fine spiced notes, intense toasted hints and balsamic touches and reminiscences of scrub.TasteIn the mouth, it is fleshy, tasty, very well-structured. It shows a silky and elegant mid-palate marked by a notable load of fruit, a magnificent acidity and a ripe and integrated tannic sensation. It is long and persistent. It leaves reminiscences of ripe red fruit after its mid-palate. Smoked and balsamic retro-olfaction.
Some wine regions have to bear the weight of their own prestige and fame, and this is certainly the case for Navarra. For many years, the white and reds produced in this region came second to the rosés produced here with the noble Grenacha variety. However, the last two decades have seen ongoing changes in the wine-making sector in Navarra, changes which have completely transformed the styles of wine produced and have been consistently worthwhile, resulting in some of the white and red wines produced in Navarra being ranked among best rated in Spain.