Evodia is an ancient Greek word for perfume, and they nailed it in the glass too. Evodia shows plums, prunes, cherries, smoke, soot, roses and much much more. The flavours of Evodia follow through to the rich but soft palate, which offers a silky finish. Ultimately, Evodia is a yum drink now style. Evodia, like a lot of Spanish wine, gives great “bang for buck” too.
Bodegas San Alejandro Evodia Garnacha 2018 and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Founded in 1962 and named in honour of San Alejandro whose remains are in a Franciscan Convent nearby. The brief of this winery is to make great wines from the Terroirs they are blessed with. Their high altitude, bush trained vineyards producer dense and concentrated wines with lovely freshness and vibrancy.
Bodegas San Alejandro Evodia Garnacha 2017 Winery Notes
“Old vines, head pruned with an average yield of 4000 kg/ha, with different orientations and nature of soils: calcareous, clay and shale. Mountain and altitude around 900 meters.
80% destemmed and uncrushed and 20% full cluster grapes. Fermentation in concrete tanks during 20 days with soft extractions. Post-fermentative maceration during 15 days
using the topping technique. This way, a more balanced extraction is obtained and a lower grapes’ oxidation of the grapes happens. A small part of the blend ages in barrels. (20% in
barrels and 80% in concrete tanks)
Mineral-laced, elegant, finesse-styled effort displaying plenty of raspberry, sweet and sour cherry notes intermixed with a distinctive minerality.”
A continental climate with good rainfall and poor, stoney soils means the conditions are perfect for growing red varieties. This DO is located in the Central Eastern region of Aragon.
Spain’s gift to the world; We know it as Grenache. I think everyone has a soft spot for it in some way. Almost too exuberant in expressing its sweet red fruits and high alcohol. It often needs other grapes blending in to add moderation, structure and depth, much like Abbott and Costello. Despite this, the wines of Priorat, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rioja and Aussie GSMs have a fantastic ability to age for the long term.
Spain is probably more famous for the wines from the hot and dry parts. But the diversity of wine is equal to any country. And Spanish wine is a legitimate threat to the Australian wine market, with their dry-grown, old-vines able to produce the same quality as anything in Australia. If they were allowed to irrigate, they could release more wine at significantly less than any Australian equivalent.
The styles to try as a wine lover include Old school Rioja (leave them for 50 years though, please!). Real Sherry, from Jerez, seriously try this stuff. Mencia from Bierzo and surrounds. Cava – if you thought Prosecco was poor man’s Champagne, well good Cava makes Prosecco taste like Schweppes Mineral Water. And there are more amazing terroir wines across Spain.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannins, and flavours. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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