Alicante ‘Recóndita Armonía Dulce’ Bodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega 2016
Bodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega, Parcent, Alicante
In 1982, Felipe and Pilar moved into an old Almazara (olive mill) in the secluded village of Parcent, finding more space to work, along with greater accessibility to the diverse range of vineyard sites throughout their region. Currently the family farms 10 hectares of organically certified head-pruned vines around La Marina Alta, as well as inland in the Sierra de Salinas mountains. The earthy soils, high elevations, and proximity to the ocean allow the grapes to fully ripen while maintaining very good acidity. The grape varieties are as varied as the climate; Moscatel originates from the lower lying areas close to the ocean whilst Monastrell makes its home in the ungrafted sandy soils of the Sierra de Salinas mountains. Violeta, Felipe and Pilar’s talented winemaker daughter, is gradually taking over the reins from her parents. Their approach has always been artisan; natural yeasts are employed for fermentation and no other products are used in the winery except for judicious amounts of sulphur. Soleras are maintained for their highly acclaimed noble sweet wines and based on the direction of Felipe, there will be a bottling periodically with an age designation.
Alicante ‘Recóndita Armonía Dulce’ - 100% Monastrell sourced from 60 year old vines grown on sandy soils in the Sierra de Salinas zone at 600m. The wine is a dulce (sweet) red bottling, where the grapes are harvested late, then destemmed and crushed before undergoing fermentation in open barrels. The wine is then pressed into barrels and aged for 3 years.
Attractive golden yellow color. The nose develops from the sweet scent of orange blossom honey, the rose water and the bitter orange, after them an exotic and moruno appears background of toasted almonds, pastry, and sweet spices with vanilla as the main protagonist. The palate is fruity, we rediscover the sweetness of honey and the freshness of the bitter oranges, the step is light, subtle and delicate.
Grape: 100% Monastrell