Bernabeleva 2018 'Navaherreros' Garnacha, Vinos de Madrid DO
Item Number: 14135
Sub Region: Sierra de Gredos
Appellation/AVA: Vinos de Madrid DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
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.