Resilience – such a noble trait to possess. The ability to ‘keep calm and carry on’ in the face of adversity, to remain determined and unwavering, keeping the end goal in sight, has been a long-admired quality possessed by some of our greatest heroes. Churchill, Mandela, Pankhurst: they all had it in one form or another.
In today’s world of instant gratification, where loyalty is so infrequently rewarded; where the grass is always greener and an effortless ‘swipe right’ away, resilience has become even more of a rarity. Thank God for Grenache.
Grenache, Garnacha, Garnatxa, Cannonau – call it what you want, this is the Louis Zamperini of grape varieties.
It’s able not just to survive but actually thrive in some of the toughest, almost dust bowl-like, areas of the viticultural world. When done well and handled with care, Grenache is capable of producing wines rich in spicy red fruits, ripe plum and bramble,with hints of cinnamon and dried herbs – sumptuous wines that are easy to love. For all of that to come out of a gnarled 100-year-old stump in the ground, in the midst of the most inhospitable landscape, is nothing short of miraculous.
‘Done well’ – that’s the key here. Let us point you in the right direction.
Bodegas Borsao is well known for its Garnacha wine, and for good reason: they’re excellent! Well regarded for their quality, Borsao’s production is dominated by the hardy grape type (85%) and with total control over the vineyard, as well as in the winery, they have been able to perfect the art of ‘doing it well’ under the watchful eye of José Luis Chueca Sancho, head winemaker.
The area around the winery fits the bill for a Garnacha hub: rugged, stony, and with the strong Cierzo wind whipping around the Moncayo mountains that encircle it – you get the feeling that Bodegas Borsao is teetering right on the edge of the wilderness. But, pause for a moment to take it all in and you realise that there is an inherent beauty and romanticism in the ‘wild’. A landscape punctuated with old gnarled Garnacha vines, as well as olive and almond trees, it is full of soul.
Emotionalism aside, the Cierzo brings cooler conditions, allowing grapes to hang longer on the vine and giving them thicker skins with greater structure. The 800m altitude of the Moncayo helps produce wines of intensity and poise. Combine this with the underground water flow and you’ve got some pretty healthy conditions, meaning that the vines need very little treatment and the Garnacha can be left to do its thing.
So yeah, before we get carried away… the wine:
Don’t take our word for it, check out what others are saying about them!
“2017 was warm and dry and resulted in an early harvest with low yields of ripe and healthy grapes. It’s a ripe and heady, grapey and straightforward unoaked red with juicy fruit and a sweet twist in the finish, easy to drink and very pleasant.” Wine Advocate.
“Dark fruit, concentrated blue wild berries and sweet toasted oak. Quite impressive ripeness and intensity. It has lots of extract and intensity, with big, dark-fruit impact, juicy and well-ripened tannins. It is long and concentrated, substantial and exuberant. The oak charge is palatable but the wine has enough concentration to cope with it. Very young and hedonistic wine, on the modern side.” 17.5/20, JancisRobinson.com