Pale salmon in colour, this is a leaner, fresher style of rosé. Aromas of tart raspberry, rhubarb, flint and seas spray. The nervy energy of the wine makes it seem lighter than it is. Grapefruit, cranberry and lime notes, with tons of minerality. Lightly chill as an aperitif or serve with grilled shrimp brochettes or Tuna Niçoise.
Garnacha is one of the most widely-planted red wine grape varieties in the world. It ripens late, so it needs hot, dry conditions such as those found in Spain, where it is believed to have originated. It is generally spicy, berry-flavoured and soft on the palate and it produces wine with a relatively high alcohol content. It is also particularly suited to crafting fine rosés, as the skins are thin and the berries large, imparting light colour without tannic grip.
Utiel-Requena is a Spanish Denominación de Origen Protegida for wines located in the province of Valencia. It takes its name from the two neighbouring towns of Utiel and Requena and is renowned for the predominant use of the Bobal grape variety. Although these wines are moderately contemporary, the region is anything but. Traces of Phoenician amphorae suggest viticulture and wine production here date at least as far back as the 7th century BC.
Chozas Carrascal has been daring in its viticulture approach, planting its vines at a density of 1,335/acre (3,300/ha), far denser than any vineyards nearby. This forces vines to compete for water and nutrients and drives yields down. The vineyards grow on a slight slope. Sunlight, cool coastal breezes and loamy, chalky soil all contribute to the quality of the wines produced. The El-Aljibe plot has an East-west layout, with dense plantings to encourage vine stress.
Harvested the first week of September, early in the morning to take advantage of the low temperatures. Only the free run must is used for winemaking. Direct pressing at low temperature. Maceration only during the pressing period results in a cleaner must, both in colour and aromas. Temperature-controlled fermentation below 25ºC prevents malolactic fermentation and preserves freshness. After this, a short aging process is carried out in stainless steel tanks with the fine lees for added complexity.