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Vinadores de Gredos
El Modesto
2011
Gredos
Organic Farming
Wild yeasts
Low Sulphur
Vegan

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The wine region of Sierra de Gredos, about a 90 minute drive west of Madrid, is found around its namesake mountain range where it enjoys a warm continental climate at around 650-1200 meters high. Here its ancient winemaking culture has been reawakened by a new young crowd making their mark on the international wine scene. Predominantly growing organically with no added yeasts and using huge oak barrels and tinajas (clay jars), they make wines from old vine Garnaha and Albillo in sandy, slate and granatic soil. Though the Garnacha here tends to be more acidic and tannic, having evolved on these higher granatic soils they age well and can have an ethereal, almost Burgundian finesse, developing tertiary notes of forest floor and mushrooms.

Ruben Diaz is born and bred in Cebreros, Avila, one of the principal villages at the forefront of the Gredos wine reawakening. And he, like his much more celebrated and better known peer Dani Landi, is one of the emblematic winemakers of the area. He believes that Garnacha is a part of his DNA. It was back in 1999 when the rights to their land were about to be sold that Ruben went to check out the vines. He's never been involved but studied, learnt from others and fell in love with Gredos Garnacha. He is interested in keeping wine keeping as it has been done for 100's of years , with minimal intervention to truly express the exact state of the soil, the winemaker, the vineyard and the weather to the glass. He doesn't use a single non-organic solution. "I'm happy with my work, and they say that it always shows in the results".

Tasting note: Intense violets; blackcurrant and kirsch. Rich earth; sweet cured meats; prunes and juicy dried fruits. The palette is sweet and then immediately powerful; dry with huge tannins. Blackcurrant; raisins and crushed minerals persist as a wash of acidity then cleans your mouth out. Ready for another.
Winemaking Detail: 100% whole cluster Garnacha from 96 year old wines from “El Reventon ” vineyard. Crushed by foot with 40 day fermentation and a further 10 days on the skin . Put into old 500L barrel without topping up so wine in contact with o2. Left in deepest coolest cellar to rest.
Features Blackcurrant Prunes Violets Powerful Structured

Features Blackcurrant, Dry tannins, Powerful, Prunes, Structured, Violets,
Tasting note Intense violets, blackcurrant and kirsch. Rich earth, sweet cured meats, prunes and juicy dried fruits. The palette is sweet and then immediately powerful, dry with huge tannins. Blackcurrant, raisins and crushed minerals persist as a wash of acidity then cleans your mouth out. Ready for another.
Drink with
Fatty Rib eye, Venison, Wild boar,

Wine details

Country Spain
Region Gredos
Producer Vinadores de Gredos
Wine Name El Modesto
Style Oxidative
Vintage 2011
Main Grape Garnacha
Other Grapes
Size 12 x 75cl
Closure Cork
A.B.V. 15%
Production 500
Aging Used 500L barrel not topped up since 2011
Soil Slate
Time to drink Now - 2035
Winemaking Detail 100% whole cluster Garnacha from 96 year old wines from “El Reventon ” vineyard. Crushed by foot with 40 day fermentation and a further 10 days on the skin . Put into old 500L barrel without topping up so wine in contact with o2. Left in deepest coolest cellar to rest.