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Aguila Red 2012

The Experience

Drink When...
Growing
Listen To...
Changes by David Bowie
Think About...
Change
Drink With...
Sun-dried tomato and mozzarella risotto

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Historically, Spain wasn’t always the go-to country for affordable, fresh, good value wines, being hitherto known, on the whole, for more oaky styles but, for the past few years, it’s made everyday wines something of an art form. Grown at high altitude in the DO of Cariñena, the Syrah grapes give rise to a clean, vibrant wine with intense aromas of dark cherry, violets and freshly-made jam. In vinous terms, Spain has traded sandals for Nike Airs; swapped Neil Diamond for Lily Allen; dispatched the Coronation Chicken in favour of beetroot foam; call it what you like, it changed, and we like it.

The Vital Statistics

Country
Spain
Region
Aragon
Classification
DO Cariñena
Vintage
2012
Closure
Screwcap
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
13.0%
Alcohol Units
9.8

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The Style

Grape
Syrah / Shiraz (100%)
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

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Bodegas Virgen del Águila is equipped with the latest wine-making technology and specialises in wines with an excellent price to quality ratio. It is a good example of ‘New Spain’ wines, which tend to be cleaner and fresher. The winery produces a full range of white, red and rosé wines in different styles and price levels and has won major prizes. Located in northern Spain, with vineyards at high-altitude, the winery is fortunate to have ideal growing conditions in a stunning natural environment, leading to excellent wines at reasonable prices.

Winemaker Felipe Mendoza studied Oenology and Agricultural Engineering at the Catholic University in Santiago de Chile and completed his studies in Piacenza, Italy. He worked for several years in Santa Rita, a renowned winery in Chile and also in some wineries in California and Italy.

After crushing and de-stemming, the grape macerates for six days and fermentation takes place at controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks with several rackings per day. After malolactic fermentation, the wine is decanted, clarified and stabilised. Finally, the wine will be filtered before being bottled.

Dark cherry in colour, with violet hues, Aguila Syrah has intense aromas of ripe jammy fruits, with liquorice and violets. Firm, balanced and fresh, with a persistent, fruity finish this is a reliable all-rounder that could be served on its own or with Mediterranean fare.


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