Wine type: Red
Grape type: Tinta del País, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, a great Spanish varietal with a slight French twist.
The winery and vineyards of Viña Arnáiz are located in the town of Haza in a strategic enclave where Juana de Haza, a noble of Castille, began cultivating vineyards at the foot of her fortress in the twelfth century. These vineyards grew both in size and fame throughout the territories due to their extraordinary quality. Our winery is located in that fortress, with an area of 80 hectares in La Magdalena estate home to vine plots on gentle hillsides where we cultivate traditional Tinta del Pais alongside newer varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
In the center of our property a tower and underground cellars dating back to the seventeenth century are preserved with their adjoining wineries. Today the renovated winery maintains its character and historic constructions, with an area of 12,000 m2, production and bottling capacity of 18 million bottles a year, and capacity for 10,000 American oak Bordeaux barrels. The winery was awarded best winery in Spain by the prestigious Vinitaly International Competition two years running.
The production of this wine begins in January with the pruning of the oldest vines, at which time the optimal number of buds for the plant's balance is set. After 10 months of care in the fields, and having reached the appropriate level of ripeness, the vines are harvested at night so that the grapes reach the cellar at low temperature and without unwanted maceration. Maceration lasts for 25 days, thereby achieving the grapes' full potential.
Malolactic fermentation takes place in the presence of fine lees. Once fermentation is complete, the wine is decanted twice and finally placed in the barrel for aging. This wine is aged in new French oak barrels for 24 days, during which two decantings are performed to help oxygenate the wine. After this period, the wine remains in the bottle for 36 months to complete the aging period.
Vina Arnaiz Grand Reserve is a wine of high intensity cherry red color, with beautiful violet trim indicating its long, controlled maceration. Notes of wild fruit and spices can be appreciated, with a vanilla base derived from its perfectly integrated aging in barrel.
Its palate is full of nuances, with a pitch of intensity. Again we find a fruity finish accompanied by the maturity of sweet tannins integrated in the wine's structure, providing elegance and a long finish.
This Vina Arnaiz goes perfectly with red meat and roasts.
We recommend uncorking or decanting for a while prior to tasting to fully appreciate its virtues. Serve between 16º and 18ºC.