2019 Bodegas Gratias Got
2019 Bodegas Gratias Got; Castilla La Mancha, Spain
Got is made from dry-farmed bush-vines, grown on a selection of the sandiest plots in the area of Alborea, Cilanco and Casas Ibañez. It is made with a traditional and low intervention artisanal approach, utilising hand harvesting and, after fermentation, it is aged in clay jars called tinajas for 4 months (a practice which dates back 6000 years). Before bottling it is lightly filtered – which allows the true character of the wine to shine through, but may mean you’ll get a little sediment. It’s delightful on its own but will also work beautifully when served alongside pasta, pizza, barbecues, or paella valenciana.
There is true varietal purity to this wine, with its soft strawberry and red cherry fruit, pleasant mouthfeel and tannins that linger on the finish.
Bobal is a dark-skinned wine grape variety native to Utiel-Requena in southeast Spain. It is one of Spain’s most planted grape varieties behind Tempralonil and Airén. Despite its relative obscurity: Bobal grapes have long been used as a minor blending partner to the region’s more glamorous grape varieties. Now, more producers are turning toward varietal Bobal wines, which are dense and chewy with characters of chocolate and dried berries.
Castilla-La Mancha is a large region which lies south and east of the Spanish capital Madrid. Well priced table wines are made from various grape varieties. An increasing number of top quality wines are appearing, but the region has traditionally been known as a source of low-quality bulk wine. More than half of Spain’s grapes are grown here.
Ana and her husband, Iván, make up half the Gratias family, along with her brother José and his wife Silvia. Ana and Iván met at university where he encouraged her to study Enology after finishing her agricultural studies. From here her love of winemaking grew and what once started as just a hobby has become her profession and passion.