Finca Collado Syrah + Monastrell 2018

Characteristics of the wine: Syrah with a light maceration and stabilization in the barrel, with a touch of Monastrell with high extraction and long aging. This unique combination of grape varieties and winemaking techniques results in a direct, cheerful, and intense wine on the nose as well as tasty on the palate.

Grape varieties: Syrah 85% and Monastrell 15%.
Vineyards: young vines of Syrah from the valleys of Vinalopó (in the highlands of the province of Alicante) on sandy soils, high density planting, irrigation support with groundwater. Goblet-pruned Monastrell old vines, more than 40 years old, located near the Salinas Lagoon.
Altitude: 600 m.
Harvest: by hand in September 2018.
Characteristics of the vintage: 2018 was a year with abundant rainfall in winter and spring which was followed by an increasingly dry summer with only a little rain in early September. Maturation was very good for the Syrah and especially for the Monastrell.
Winemaking and aging: maceration for 5 days at 22°C. After the fermentation, the Syrah remained in a stainless steel tank on its lees until the end of the malolactic fermentation and Monastrell was aged in barrels for 9 months. Subsequently, both varieties were blended and aged in second use oak barrels for a month. 
Bottling: June 2019.
Production: 12 550 bottles.
Tasting notes: very attractive colour of great intensity, with violet hues that remain over time. On the nose, this direct Syrah shows mostly a ripe fruit with a slight touch of unroasted coffee. In the mouth the wine is very tasty with a good entry. The palate is intense and direct, with a final of moderated acidity where the predominating notes are those of ripe red fruit combined with a spicy touch and a hint of tobacco provided by the Monastrell.
Food pairing: on its own or with appetizers, cold cuts, blue fish, all kinds of grilled meats, vegetables and cheeses. Good combination with black chocolate and red jams.

Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Temperature of service: 14-16ºC

Formats:

75 cl

 

Box of 6 bottles

Awards and ratings:

88 points + 4* Best Buy