Bodegas Olivares is located in the northwest corner of the Jumilla appellation, 150 miles southeast of Madrid. At over 800 meters, the estate vineyards are some of the highest in the DO. This provides a climate that shares Jumilla’s warm days, but whose nights are considerably cooler than the rest of the appellation. Grape ripening is prolonged, which results in aromatic wines with astounding freshness and equilibrium.
Within the 275 hectares of Bodegas Olivares, 110 hectares of old, ungrafted Monastrell vines stand out. The ungrafted vines are rare survivors of the phylloxera epidemic that spread across Europe at the end 19th century. The only salvation was to graft older, European varieties onto disease resistant, American rootstocks. To this day, 99% of Europe’s vineyards can only survive when grafted onto American rootstock. Olivares vines are planted on their original rootstock in sandy soil: a unique feature that produces wines of distinct character. The sand increases the rich perfume while the rootstock enhances the depth and complexity. Farming is organic; no artificial fertilizers or pesticides are used.
Prior to 1998, the Selva family’s business was in bulk wine, but each year they made a dessert wine for own consumption. This wine was reserved solely for the family until 1998, when they began to commercialize it. It was an immediate sensation in Spain, with top restaurants and shops rushing to feature it. Inspired by the success, the Selva family turned its attention to producing sumptuous red wines from the priceless old vines. The first release was in 2000.
Wine Advocate 12/29/2017
"Olivares is one of the most reliable producers in Jumilla. Very good value for money."