Garnacha, aka Grenache, is a variety that can tend to soupy lushness when it’s grown in warm climates. Here, in Spain’s Navarra, from old vines, it has produced a really fresh, peppery, full flavoured example that’s just brilliant value for money. In fact, at the multibuy price of £6.99, it may be my best value red of the year.
El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa Old Vines Garnacha 2008 Navarra, Spain
14% alcohol. Very fresh nose with a distinct peppery edge to the sweet cherry and raspberry fruit. The palate shows lovely spicy, peppery savouriness as well as ripe red fruits, supported by some tannin and good acidity. A brilliant example of old vine Grenache, with real personality and admirable balance and restraint. 92/100 (Majestic £9.32, but £6.99 if you buy more than one Spanish wine priced £5+)
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