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The communue of Manchuela is located in the foothills of mountains in the far east of Castilla La Mancha. Moderate summer days and cold autumn nights courtesy of the region’s high altitude result in elegant wines with intensely flavours and nicely balanced structure and tannin.

Altacena was created by Riojan winemaker Javier Murua as an authentic expression of modern Spanish Tempranillo, nicely balancing varietal structure and red berried flavours with an approachable character and versatility with food. Altacena is a local colloquial word and the name of the original vineyard the wines was sourced from. It translate as “High Plate” and refers to the very flat, high altitude plain on which the vineyard is located.

Dark red in colour with a lifted and expansive nose of ripe dark berries, plums and smoked spice. The palate is supple and opulently fruited with a core of ripe red berried fruit, cherry cola and subtle oak, all framed by fine savoury tannins.  The wine nicely balances drinkability and quality with excellent depth of fruit balanced by a defined structure and impressive length. 

It is beautifully ripe and fragrant on the nose showing spiced cherry, dark plum, mixed spice and toasted almond characters with a hint of game complexity. The palate is juicy and rounded with bright fruit intensity, wonderfully supported by supple tannins. The wine combines attractive fruit flavours with appealing savoury undertones. Rating: 91 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit

 

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