Bodegas Aragonesas Coto de Hayas Crianza 2004
The Bodegas Aragonesas vineyards occupy an area of 3,500 hectares, with a height of between 450 and 500 metres. This area, cultivated by wine growers from the towns of Magallón and Fuendejalón, produces 12 million kilograms of grapes, with a predominance of the Garnacha variety. This is the best asset of Bodegas Aragonesas: this combination of plots makes up for something absolutely unique in terms of the age and quantity of vines put together under the same project. The fermentations and aging are carried out in a large wine cellar with capacity for 1.5 million litres a year, 65% of the entire Campo de Borja production.
Known for its bold, heady, rustic and age-worthy red wines, Spain is truly a one-of-a-kind wine-producing nation. A great majority of the country is hot, arid and drought-ridden, and since irrigation has only been recently introduced and (controversially) accepted, viticulture has sustained—and flourished—only through a great understanding of Spain’s particular conditions. Large spacing between vines allows each enough resources to survive and as a result, the country has the most acreage under vine compared to any other country, but is usually third in production.
Most planted and respected is Tempranillo, the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. Priorat specializes in bold red blends, Jumilla has gained global recognition for its single varietal Monastrell and Utiel-Requena has garnered recent attention for its reds made of Bobal.