Tres Picos Garnacha, Bodegas Borsao, 75cl
Bodegas Borsao was establised in 2001 and is a collection of three of the most progressive co-operative cellars in the Campo de Borja zone southeast of Rioja. Grapes come from 620 member growers covering 2,500 hectares, nearly a third of the region's total. Vineyards lie in the undulating foothills of the Moncayo mountain, up to 700m above sea level. In this rather severe and arid climate, with hot dry days and cool nights, Garnacha thrives and represents 70% of total production. New varieties such as Syrah, Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon have also adapted well to this rugged and stony terrain. The entry level Borsao varietals, as you might expect from a well-equipped cellar of this size, are outstanding examples of easy-to-drink inexpensive wines. Increasingly though, Borsao are becoming better known for their premium wines, in particular the iconic, multi award winning Tres Picos.
The grapes come from vineyards that are between 35 and 40 years old. Located on uneven terrain at an altitude of 600 to 700 metres, these vineyards yield under four and a half tons of grape per hectare. Harvesting by hand early October
Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a temperature between 25ºC and 30ºC with 21 days maceration on skins. Maturation for 10 months in French oak barriques.
Deep cherry red in colour with a hint of purple. A bouquet of mature red fruits with floral notes that are typical of the best Garnachas. The palate is rich and well-structured showing flavours of blackberries, strawberries and tones of leather, vanilla and a smoky burnt treacle tang. Perfectly combined with a sweet and pleasant tannin, with a generous and balanced finish.
Full & Opulent
Campo de Borja
2010 Vintage: “One of my favourite offerings from the Bodegas Borsao… Made from 100% Garnacha aged in equal parts stainless steel and French oak, this is the Bodegas Borsao’s interpretation of Châteauneuf du Pape… Deep notes of roasted herbs, sweet black cherries and raspberries, peppers and spice soar from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-tinged wine. Full-bodied, rich, ripe, silky textured, pure and long, this unbelievable value should drink well for 3-4 years. 92 points.” Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #203, 30th Oct 2012
2010 Vintage: International Wine & Spirits Competition 2012 - Bronze
2009 Vintage: IWSC 2011 - Bronze
2009 Vintage: IWC 2011 - Bronze
2009 Vintage: Decanter World Wine Awards 2011 - Bronze
2008 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2011 - Silver
2008 Vintage: IWSC 2010 - Silver (Best in Class)
2007 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2010 - Silver list
2007 Vintage: IWC 2009 - Silver
2006 Vintage: Decanter World Wine Awards 2008 - Red Northern Regional Spain Trophy Over £10