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Candea Tinto, Quinta da Muradella 2019

Quinta da Muradella

£19.25

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José Luis' visceral love for his land expressed itself at an early age: in the late 1980s, while studying in Madrid to satisfy his family's desire, he made a point to return to Verín most weekends to work his father's 1ha vineyard in Pazos (see Gorvia wines) – not deterred from the 10-hour long bus return journey!

Setting out in 1991, José started a life’s work to restore the region's viticultural traditions which had been lost after WWII and Franco's dictatorship, when farmers abandoned hillsides and the mountain areas in favour of the higher yielding valley floors and an easier life. He works with no less than 24 Galician varieties (9 white and 15 red), all planted by massal selection, trialling different grapes in different locations (re-grafting when necessary) on various kinds of soils, mainly primary types: slate, schist, quartz and granite, looking for the perfect spot to bring out the best in each variety at insanely low yields. José's ultimate goal is to identify the ideal combination of ancient varieties for each plot, as it used to be in the region pre-phylloxera.

Unoaked and fruit-driven blend of different varieties including arauxa aka tempranillo – the 20 to 70yo vines are scattered around the village of Tamagos (not far from the Portuguese border) at 370m altitude. It fermented with 1/3 whole clusters in stainless steel, and ageing occurred in the same vat for almost two years. The wine has complexity and lightness, it's delicious and delivers a lot more than the price point suggests.

Producer  Quinta da Muradella

Origin Verín, Ourense, Galicia, Spain

Grapes Mencía, Arauxa, Garnacha Tintorera, Mouratón

Vintage 2019

Alcohol  13% ABV

Style Medium body natural red

Bottle size 750ml

Winemaking Manual harvested, 1/3 whole cluster, 2/3 destemmed grapes fermented in stainless steel with ingigenous yeast, aged in the same vat for 2 years.

Notes Biodynamic, Natural, Organic