Bernabeleva 2018 'Navaherreros' Garnacha, Vinos de Madrid DO

Bernabeleva 2018 'Navaherreros' Garnacha, Vinos de Madrid DO

Item Number: 14135

UPC: 8-437011795748

Country: Spain
Region: Madrid
Sub Region: Sierra de Gredos
Appellation/AVA: Vinos de Madrid DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): Garnacha
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Granitic sand
Elevation: 2,300-2,900 feet

Terroir Notes: Bernabeleva Navaherreros is the essence of San Martín Garnacha. San Martín de Valdeiglesias lies at the northwestern corner of the Viños de Madrid appellation in the Sierra de Gredos mountain range. The high elevation, deep soils of sand and granite, and old vines (40-70+ years) produce Garnacha wines unlike anywhere else in Spain.

Vineyard Notes: The vineyards are worked manually. The soil is tilled with contributions of manure produced by Bernabeleva's own cows. The only treatments used (only when absolutely necessary) are a dust of copper and sulfur. Pruning is done following the lunar cycle, particularly in plots which are destined to become single vineyard wines.

Vintage Notes: "I tasted the 2017s and 2018s, two vintages that were almost opposite: 2017 was very dry and warm, and 2018 was fresher with more rain and very good balance. 2018 has to be one of the finest vintages in the zone." - Wine Advocate 4/2020

Vinification Notes: Each parcel is harvested by hand in small 12kg boxes. The grapes are cooled in refrigerated trucks to promote pre-fermentation maceration and slower extraction. Navaherreros is produced with partial whole clusters. The various vineyards are fermented with indigenous yeast in concrete, old wood, or stainless steel based on the qualities of the site. The oak vats are 5,000 and 10,000 liters. The wine matures for one year in used French oak barrels of different sizes before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Yields are extremely low at 20 Hl / Ha.

Tasting Notes: Electric fuchsia in color, Navaherreros contains bright acidity, perfumed fruit, and deep minerality. It is a clean and linear Garnacha with a flavorful and savory midpalate. It has an incredible Pinot-like lightness and finesse. Gripping tannins are balanced by a wondrous elegance. It is a selection of the best fruit from the estates vineyards.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (4/23/2020)

    The 2018 Navaherreros Garnacha de Bernabeleva faithfully represents a year of good yields and slow ripening of the grapes, a year of fresh and balanced wines. It has floral varietal notes of the Garnacha and the serious texture of the granite soils along with fine-grained tannins and very good balance. This has to be the finest vintage for this bottling.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 92 (2/9/2021)

    Powerful, highly perfumed aromas of cherry and ripe red berries take on floral and smoked meat qualities as the wine opens up. Juicy and supple in texture, showing very good energy and spicy lift to the bitter cherry and raspberry flavors. Finishes with solid, spicy punch, well-knit tannins and bright mineral lift, the cherry and floral notes echoing.