Varietals: Garnacha 70%, Syrah 25%, Monastrell/Mazuelo5%
Winemaker: Norrel Robertson
Total Production: 2,000 cases (9lt cases)
Color: Deep purple with crimson rim
Nose: Raspberry and cherry aromas punctuated by herbs and vanilla
Palate: Full bodied fruit with fine tannins and crisp acidity.
Finish: Long, smoky vanilla
Papa Luna begins as bush vine grapes in the
slate studded Jiloca valley at 2,600 feet above sea level. The wild
mountain herbs amongst the vineyards give rise to the distinctive
varietal aromas and garrigue character in the wine. The Syrah was
destemmed but not crushed to give a high proportion of whole berry
fruit. This in turn was cold soaked until a wild fermentation ensued
after which the must was inoculated with a wild Rhone yeast strain.
Fermentation proceed at 28 celsius and the wine was pressed off
using only free run juice. Malo took place in tank and 50% in new
and used French and American oak. The meticulously sourced 70-100
year old bush vine Garnacha was destemmed, crushed and inoculated
with several Rhone yeasts. Temperature controlled fermentation commenced
and lasted 7 days with pumpovers and delistage for color and tannin
extraction followed by a short maceration. The free run wine underwent
malo in tank. 35% of the Garnacha was added to the skins of the
Syrah after fermentation and a “doble pasta” was carried
out to add more color and concentration. Similary one tank of Garnacha
was macerated post fermentation for extract and complexity. Some
of the extremely old parcels of Garnacha are interplanted with Mazuelo
and Monastrell and as such these grapes were co-fermented.
TA: 6.5 g/l
Tannin: 0.1g/l vr supra tannin
WINEMAKER: Norrel Robertson, MW
Norrel spent the past five years in Calatayud searching out individual
blocks of fruit in order to produce a wine of massive intensity.
Calatayud offers one of the most unique areas in Spain for old vine
Grenache and is set to follow Priorat as a cutting edge region for
Grenache based wines and world class winemaking. 2006 is the third
vintage of this predominately Grenache/Syrah blend. The Grenache
was carefully sourced from only the highest elevation slate vineyards
around the villages of Acered and Alarba. Yield from the 70-100
year old bush vines did not exceed 20 hl/acre. The Syrah was hand
harvested from 25 year old vines on two selected parcels. Norrel
feels that the fruit from these sites was excellent and delivers
wonderful minerality and herbal undertones within this fruit forward
Papa Luna, Pedro Martinez de Luna, born near the Calatayud vineyards
that supply this wine served as the last
Pope to reign in Avignon during the dual Papacy of the15th century.
The wine is made in homage to this great
local character and icon.
Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 90 Points.
Issue # 175, Feb 2008
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