Gran Cerdo Tempranillo, Gonzalo Gonzalo (Biodynamic/Natural)
Rioja, Spain - 2015
Gran Cerdo is all about the purest expression of fruit, with whole bunch fermentation, no filtration, no stabilization and minimal sulphur. The wine has real character, with all the juicy elements of Tempranillo, and no unnecessary oak to mask its charm. It has a natural, earthy way about it, but with no funkiness. With its cherry-red, purplish, brilliant colour Gran Cerdo reveals primary notes of fresh fruit, strawberries, raspberries, cherries and violets with clean mineral tones from the granite. This little natural wine is phenomenal value.
Gonzalo has revived natural treatments and biodynamic practices used in the past to maintain healthy vineyards. Vigilance and creative solutions were to overcome mildew, mould and other pests, rather than chemicals. Gradually the soil increased in vitality and biodiversity and wild flowers, insects, earth worms, snails and the various organisms of the vineyard ecosystem began to return. The Tempranillo vines themselves were planted 35 years ago in the town of Fuenmayor in the La Tejera region, which is an area between groves of trees along the Ebro River and Mount San Llorente in the heart of the Rioja Alta sub-zone.