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Borsao Tres Picos

Borsao Tres Picos

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Bodegas Borsao was establised in 1959. In 2001 it joined with two other of the most progressive, co-operative, cellars in the Campo de Borja region to form a limited company.

Here in the Campo de Borja zone east of Rioja, grapes are sourced from over 700 member growers covering 2,400 hectares - nearly a third of the region's total. Vineyards lie in the undulating foothills of the Moncayo mountain, ranging from 350m to 850m above sea level. At lower levels vines are newer and may undergo some irriation, but higher up the slopes the vines are older, unirrigated bush vines.

The climate is rather severe and arid, with hot dry days, and cool nights - which allow optimium acidity levels to be maintained within the grapes. Garnacha thrives in these conditions and represents 80% of total production. The Cierzo wind from the Moncayo brushes the foothills of the mountain. This cold, dry wine reduces humidity levels and allows grapes to be picked a couple of weeks later in the harvest, at full maturity.

Borsao has access to a large selection of vineyard plots at different altitudes, and hence to a wide range of great quality grapes. They are recognised for their entry level varietals - as outstanding examples of easy-to-drink inexpensive wines - as they are for their premium wines, in particular the iconic, multi award winning Tres Picos.

Vineyards
The grapes come from vineyards that are between 35 and 40 years old. Located on uneven terrain at an altitude of 600 to 700 metres, these vineyards yield under four and a half tons of grape per hectare. Harvesting by hand early October.

Vinification
Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a temperature between 25ºC and 30ºC with 21 days maceration on skins. Maturation for 10 months in French oak barriques.

Tasting Notes
Deep cherry red in colour with a hint of purple. A bouquet of mature red fruits with floral notes that are typical of the best Garnachas. The palate is rich and well-structured showing flavours of blackberries, strawberries and tones of leather, vanilla and a smoky burnt treacle tang. Perfectly combined with a sweet and pleasant tannin, with a generous and balanced finish.

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