What is it?
A 100% Tempranillo dry red wine from Andalusia.
Neblerío is made from grapes grown on high-altitude vineyards, situated on the slopes of the Sierras de Tejeda Natural Park to the south-east of Alhama de Granada in Granada province.
“Local grape growers describe the atmospheric morning mist which provides the east facing vines with welcome moisture, before being dispersed by the rising sun and winds from the mountains, as Neblerío, hence the name.”
This wine is classified under the D.O.P Vino de Calidad de Granada.
The influence of the nearby Sierra Nevada mountain range, and an altitude of around 1000m above sea level, ensures the grapes ripen very slowly, helping to a create an elegant wine with soft , balanced tannins.
Who is behind it?
English man Harry Hunt (winemaker) and his wife, Katie. Harry ditched the fast-paced world of PR and marketing and headed for the remote hills of Andalusia, Spain to set up a negociant and winemaking business, Bodegas Tierra Hermosa.
The husband and wife team work with local independent growers to coax incredibly fragrant and delicious juice from the red limestone soils known locally as Los Rojillos. The grapes are hand-harvested at night (to help preserve freshness in the wine by protecting the fruit from intense daytime sun) and aged for a short period in tank to allow full integration ahead of final bottling.
Hunt’s stylistic decision to avoid aging in oak emphasises the freshest possible expression of this high-altitude terroir. The final product is an infinitely drinkable and delicious red wine delivering complexity, finesse and quality.
Earthy aromas of black cherry and blackberry; A freshness on the palate with black fruit, balanced acidity and soft tannins, followed by a savoury finish of juniper and walnut, black cherry and blackberry. This wine really comes into its own when decanted.
What will it pair with?
Perfect with a leg of lamb slow cooked in red wine with figs, walnuts and grapes, the delicacy – 18 year-old Galician Blond beef – Spanish chicken casserole with peppers and smoked paprika, lasagne, bolognese and Hunt would happily serve it with paella or a mushroom risotto.
Destalking, crushing and cold maceration. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentations in stainless steel tanks.
Red limestone, known locally as ‘Los Rojillos’
Volatile acidity: 0.46g/l
South-east of Alhama de Granada
First week in October. Grapes are picked by hand early morning and at dusk.
Trade contact details:
Mark Ferguson, sales executive (North England)
Moreno Wines & Co. Ltd
Tel: 020 7289 9952 Mob: 07976 981 162