From the Azul y Garanza vineyards of Navarra, Spain, this award-winning vintage is definitely one for the wine cellar! 'Garciano' refers to the unique blend of grapes (Garnacha and Graciano) that is used for this vintage, and the combination puts everything you love about each vintage into one amazing bottle of wine. The Garnacha brings soft, fruity flavours, which, when aged in concrete tanks, delivers a rich complexity. The Graciano gives the deep, rich colour, its spicy flavours and aromas, its freshness, acidity, and long life. While the two wines may seem like opposite ends of the spectrum, when combined, they create magic!
Gold Medal - International Organic Wine Awards 2015 (2013 vintage)
Top 100 AWEsome Wines 2016 (Association of Wine Educators) 'Raspberry and peppery spice on the nose; dry, fine tannins with gutsy red fruits and intense flavours. The name Garciano refers to the blend which is a mix of Garnacha and Graciano. The Garnacha brings soft, fruity flavours, which delivers a rich complexity. The Graciano gives the deep, rich colour, its spicy flavours and aromas, its freshness, acidity and long life.' August 2016 (2013 vintage)
Azul y Garanza
The story of Azul y Garanza begins in the striking landscapes of the Bardenas Reales, an almost desert-like region in southeastern Navarre, in NE Spain. The three founders, Dani Sanchez and Maria and Fernando Barrena found the ideal conditions to start their wine business. Their love for the land and nature directs their work. Here, pesticides and weedkillers are banned from the vineyard; healthy vines give quality wines. Biodiversity is encouraged, several species of fruit trees and native aromatic shrubs have been planted in order to maintain the natural balance of the environment. Thanks to the prevailing climatic conditions here (very little rainfall, large temperature difference between day and night +/- 15C), their 40 hectares of vines are low yielding, bearing concentrated, balanced fruit. Soils are shallow, traced with clay. Old vines predominate.The winery was originally built between 1940 and 1960 (partly underground) but their subsequent renovations have resulted in a series of small concrete tanks allowing small batch vinifications according to different soils and grape varieties. To reflect individual terroirs is fundamental to Dani, Maria and Fernando. Vinifications are carried out almost exclusively in concrete tanks using natural yeasts, with only minimal interventions. Their working practices throughout are certified organic, in line with their aim to produce wines that truly reflect the landscape from which they come. Intense and pure expressions abound.