Bodegas Nekeas

El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa

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2017 Vintage

90pts

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2016 Vintage

90pts

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2016 Vintage

92pts

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Denominacion de Origen

D.O. Navarra

Location

Valley of Valdizarbe, Navarra

Varietal

100% Garnacha.

Vineyards

Proprietary vineyards planted in the Valley of Valdizarbe, one of Navarra’s most historical viticultural areas.

Year(s) Planted

Planted between 1890 - 1960

Viticulture

In Nekea’s vineyards, everything from plantings, varieties, rootstocks, clones, soil types, and cultural practices have been oriented towards the goal of healthy, disease free, ripe grapes, and maintaining respect for the environment. Traditionally grown goblet trained vines.

Soils

Hillsides composed of red and gray marl, with a substantial component of sandstone. Soil depth is dependent on the slopes and the depth of the calcareous layer. The soils are characterized by an argillaceous composition, with an average quantity of carbonates of 30% in the topsoil and 40% in the subsoil. Some of the vines are also planted in stony soils a less fine texture, characterized by high drainage and an even higher proportion of carbonate.

Climate

Continental climate with both Mediterranean and Atlantic influences. 218 day long vegetative cycle. Spring frosts sometimes produce severe damage to the crop. Summers are dry and warm, with drastic temperature swings between day and night.

Winemaking

Grapes lightly crushed and cold macerated before primary fermentation. The wine is transferred to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation.

Ageing

7 months in second use French oak barrels

Comments

Expression of the most Atlantic Garnacha in Spain. Vivid garnet color. Juicy and spicy on the palate with red fruit and black and white pepper flavors. Accents of coffee and minerality. Elegant, fine, and delicate, but supported by firm tannins.