Arrocal’s first vintage was 2002. Isaac Fernandez has been the consulting wine maker for the winery from the beginning of production. This wine is produced from grapes grown in the Morenillos, 20 years old on sand, clay and stones, and the Barrancones, 22 year old vines on sand and clay, vineyards.
Grapes were harvested by hand during the first week of October with excellent maturity. Once grapes arrived at the winery all movements of must/wine were by gravity. Grapes were de-stemmed but not crushed prior to fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The skins were macerated for 20 days prior to pressing. The wine was racked to 80% French and 20% American oak barrels for 6 months aging. Bottled without filtration after a gentle egg-white fining.
Deep ruby. Displays smoky dark berry and cherry pit on the nose, with a peppery note adding lift. Juicy and tightly focused, with bitter cherry and cassis flavors complemented by a floral nuance. Shows more red fruit character on the finish, which is firmed by dusty, slow-building tannins. A quick decanting helps here. "Focus on Spain" Issue 176, Sept/Oct 2014
International Wine Review
Plum and dark berries, soft on the attack, rich and concentrated on the palate with hints of black pepper. Lingering finish. Fruit forward, toasted oak. Sappy, earthy. Report 49: The Best of Spain, July 2015