A structured brooding Bobal, blended with 30% native white grapes, crafted by one of our favourite Spanish winemakers Javier Revert. Javi is certainly one of Spain's great young talents, and he lends his skills wonderfully to the wines of Finca Sandoval. This is a beautifully focused expression, that's smokey yet fresh with black cherry, Mediterranean herbs and a hint of black olive.
'Manchuela, almost unknown and forgotten until recently, offers some outstanding limestone terroirs on a high plateau surrounded by mountain ranges ─ the birthplace of the Bobal grape.' - Finca Sandoval
The entry-level red 2020 Fundamentalista is 60% Bobal from 80+year-old vines, 30% white grapes and some other varieties that were co-planted in the vineyards, harvested and vinified together with 40% full clusters and indigenous yeasts and trodden by foot with a short eight to 10-day maceration. This field blend wine matured in 1,000-liter tinaja for 11 months, trying to replicate the wines from the zone from yesteryear. This comes from the lower part of the vineyard (where they also source the grapes for the "new" La Rosa), where there's more clay and less stones and more white grapes. It has a bright color and good concentration and juiciness, a true Mediterranean vintage, clean and fruit-driven.
Transparent crimson. Much more elegant and lifted on the nose than the Salia 2020 and Finca Sandoval 2019. Juicy fruit and some finesse – the finest Bobal I remember tasting! It’s a bit sweet but it speaks of altitude and intrigue. Clean, mineral finish with grainy texture. I’m not sure about its longevity though.
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