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Oveja Tinta Graciano

The Experience

Drink When...
Putting a name to the face
Listen To...
The 7,000 Names of Wah! By Wah! Heat
Think About...
Who do I think I am?
Drink With...
Chorizo stew

The Oddbins Take

The names change from country to country, even from town to town. Originating in Italy under the name of Marchegiano, this one was imported to the USA in the early 20th century, where it was known as Rocco Marchegiano. As it grew in popularity the name was changed to Marciano...sorry? Oh, Graciano! A grape, not a boxer? Well, as luck would have it, Graciano's had a few regional names as well, not least Zinzillosa, Drug, Tinta do Padre Antonio and Cagnulari Bastardo! Call it what you like, we'd call it a luscious, vibrant, summer red with floral aromas and a gripping, cherry and blueberry palate. Delightful!

The Vital Statistics

Country
Spain
Vintage
2014
Drink
Best Drunk Now & Over the Next Year
Closure
Cork
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Residual Sugar
0.2 g/l
14.0%
Alcohol Units
10.5

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The Style

Grape
Graciano (100%)
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

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Fiona Beckett in The Guardian, 1/8/15: "I love the vibrantly fruity Bodegas Fontana Oveja Tinta 2014, from Uclés, which is made from graciano and strikes me as ideal for the robust flavour of grilled food (and, given the label, especially lamb). At 14% abv, it’s not exactly light, but it is wonderfully fresh and juicy."

Based in Castilla la Mancha, Central Spain, Fontana Bodegas owns 600 and manages 400 hectares of high-altitude, sustainably farmed vineyards. The wines from Uclés, which include Oveja Tinta, are grown at a height of 700-900 metres. The winemaking team of oenologist Tomás Buendia and Master of Wine Sam Harrop aim to produce wines that offer an interesting modern take on local wine traditions, giving both a sense of place and remarkable value.

Fontana manages its estates sustainably, applying technology judiciously where it is felt to make a contribution to more responsible agriculture, and where it will help to craft more authentic and expressive wines.

Hot sunny days and cool nights bring intense fruit and great varietal definition. Grapes are picked at night and shipped immediately to the ultra-modern winery to be de-stalked, lightly crushed and fermented under controlled temperatures in stainless steel. Maceration of 8-10 days does not over-extract, and the wine remains unoaked to allow the most pure expression of high-altitude Graciano.

A vibrant ruby colour, the wine has floral and blueberry aromas, a youthfully vibrant, medium-bodied, fresh-fruited palate and a gripping, deliciously cherry-tinged finish.