Azul Y Garanza Entre Vinyes Oniric Sota Terra 12pk 2020
Three winemakers, four labels across two regions of Spain, producing modern and contemporary organic wines.
A Co-Op of sorts, Azul Y Garanza is a collective project from winemakers Dani Nogué Sánchez, and siblings Maria and Fernando Barrena Belzunegui. Restoring forgotten or neglected landscapes, they are regenerating vineyards with certified organic practices and encouraging biodiversity through the planting of native aromatic shrubs, and fruit trees. The winemaking uses only natural ferments, lots of skin-contact, amphoras, and low, if any SO2 additions at bottling. Azul Y Garanza is the ‘home’ project with vineyards based where the winery is in Bardenas Reales, Navarra. Sourcing fruit from old (over 100 y/o), previously abandoned vines spread over a number of plots the wines are based on Garnacha and Garnacha Blanca, with smaller production of Graciano and other varietals. Entre Vinyes are wines from Penedes in Catalunya, this is Maria’s project restoring an old family vineyard in the Foix Natural Park. With an average vine age of 60 y/o they grow indigenous varietals Xarel.lo Blanco & Vermell, and Parellada. DIT Cellars source fruit from Sierra de LLaberia Natural Park in Montsant, where Dani first fell in love with vineyards and wines
Entre Vinyes Oniric Sotaterra 2020
100% Macabeao from 90 year-old vines in the limestone soils of the Foix natural park, given a 10 day maceration before being aged for 9 months in amphora buried amongst the same vines where the fruit grows.
Wonderful perfume here, kind of pressed rose, lavender, allspice kind of deal, tangerine and pear. Spicy, fresh, plenty of emery board tannin texture, umami stuff, more spice and bright finish of good length. Frisky kind of orange wine, and very good.
Rating: 94 Points
Source: Gary Walsh, The Winefront