Estate: Cellar del Roure is an ancient winemaking estate located in Valencia, southeastern Spain. Headed by Pablo Calatayud, the property still has its original subterranean cellar dug into the bedrock. Many of the original terracotta amphorae were preserved in perfect condition, as well as their connecting “stone channels carved into the rock, serving as the most rudimentary form of gravity flow”. As an advocate for indigenous grapes, Pablo Calatayud seized this as an opportunity to “champion indigenous viticulture” and reinvigorate the estate. While modern techniques are still used for many of the wines, three [Cullerot, Vermell and Parotet] are crafted with a few ancient techniques and aged in terracotta amphorae in the original cellar.
Winemaking: The vineyards are sustainably farmed. Grapes were hand harvested from 15 year old vines in clay and sandy loam soils. Fermented with natural yeast, aged for 6 months in terracotta amphorae buried in mud.
Tasting Notes: Dark red-violet in colour with aromas of wild berries laced with smoke. Light on its feet with a fantastically super spicy, dry, lengthy finish. The amphora ageing contributes an engaging plush softness to the berry notes. A wonderful light fruity wine that stands up to its spicy finish and pairs perfectly with all barbeque and grilled plates.
40% Monastrell, 40% Garnacha Tintorera, 20% Mandó
$15 [average price]
Rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate