Bodegas Vegalfaro Pago de los Balagueses Syrah 2017
An intense ruby color with purple highlights this potent Syrah has a strong aromatic intensity of red and black mature fruit, blue floral notes of violets and complemented by the subtle balsamics and Asian spice drawn from the oak.The abundant upfront fruit character of mature black and red cherries, refreshing acidity and smooth velvety tannins are in harmony with creamy spiced oak. A well structured wine of balance and elegance that will improve in the bottle over time.
Pair this wine alongside blue fish, stews, braised lamb, game and cured cheeses.
Spanish red wine is known for being bold, heady, rustic and age-worthy, 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.
Of the Spanish red wines, the most planted and respected grape variety 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.