Altos De Oliva, Gran Reserva 2007

Catalunya

75cl bottle: £8.95

Case of 12 75cl bottles: £107.40

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Our remarkable Spanish discovery, fully mature and delicious red wine from the relatively unknown Terra Alta (The Highlands) of Catalonia, just South of Priorat. This Gran Reserva is made from very old vines (up to 100 years old), and has been awarded a gold medal in Brussels. Really exceptional value and a very exciting wine, highly recommended, especially at this price.

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Our Tasting Notes

A deep reddish purple with complex fruit aromas. A rich, fresh wine with red berry and mineral flavours that come from vines of a certain age. Well made wine with a long lingering finish. Should be far more expensive than this.

Wine Data

Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Shiraz, Tempranillo
Appellation: Terra Alta D.O.
Alcohol: 14%

About

The small D.O. of Catalunya is situated north-east of the Iberian Peninsula, just south of the highly esteemed Priorat, and is the highest D.O within Catalonia at 400 metres above sea level. The soil is predominantly limestone and incredibly dry, meaning that it can only really support three main crops: olives, almonds and grapes.
As the area is fortunate to have undergone very little replanting. It reaps the benefit of having older vines, producing local varieties such as Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo and Parellada in whites and Tempranillo, Garnacha negra and Cariñera (Mazuela) in red. However, foreign varietals are also allowed (Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz, Muscat and Chardonnay).

fromvineyardsdirect

The nose is all warming spice and briar, plummy fruit with a touch of tobacco. On the palate it is savoury and dry, but there's a core of liquorice-tinged fruit there, and nicely grippy tannins and acid adding some backbone. Decent bangs per buck here.


Bob Tyrer

The Sunday Times

Wine of the Week: Rich and minerally with spicy fruit.


Terry Kirby

The Independent

The 10 Best Autumn Reds: Lots of Depth from its aging in oak, this is nevertheless an easily quaffable, medium bodied wine, that goes well with food like roast pork and tapas-style tomato based dishes.


Best Buy - An excellent old vines red with a bit of bottle age that uses cabernet Sauvignon aswell as the usual Spanish suspects (tempranillo and garnacha). It's smooth yet fresh bramble and black cherry fruit has a touch of graphite (shades of nearby Priorat) along with a background of cloves and attractively soft tannins.