Azul y Garanza Naturaleza Salvaje Clarete 2021
Azul y Garanza was founded by Dani Sánchez, María Barrena, and Fernando Barrena. The trio met while studying at viticultural school. Upon finishing their studies they decided to purchase an old winery in the town María and Fernando were raised in. The building was abandoned in the 1970’s and 80’s when grape growers were encouraged to rip out their vineyards. The winery needed a lot of work, but fortunately the original concrete tanks were salvageable. Venturing into the country they discovered some incredible patches of old vineyards. Some of the vines were over 100 years old! Today the wines of Azul y Garanza are made from organically farmed grapes harvested from two main areas – the pre-Pyrenees foothills near the village of Carcastillo, and in the gently rolling hills bordering the Bardenas Reales. All of the wines are made with minimal intervention.
Naturaleza Salvaje is complex, natural, wild fermented Clarete made from 50% Garnacha Negre and 50% Garnacha Blanca. Grown from Europe’s largest dessert, these 50 year old organic vines led to the production of a beautiful co-fermented red and white wine that was aged 6 months in amphora & 6 months in used oak barrels to retain freshness. Medium bodied on the palate, it has bright flavours of wild raspberry and strawberry, fresh picked herbs, and roses. Dry with juicy acidity.