2018 Rafael Cabra Garnacha 'Soplo'
100% organic Grenache, from a young vineyard planted on sandy-loam soils with stones on the surface. Harvesting is carried out manually, selecting the grapes in the vineyard and in the winery. The fermentation is performed in small stainless steel deposits with 10% of the stems and light pump-overs. Maceration takes place at 22ºC for 12 days. This wine is aged in used 225-litre French oak barrels. It is left to stand in concrete tanks until it is bottled.
About Rafael Cambra
Rafael Cambra is a small producer located in the inland area of Valencia. He has spent most of his life in a vineyard. His family own one of the most prestigious nurseries in Spain, with clients like Vega Sicilia, Alvaro Palacios and many more. He established his own cellar in 2001 after finding a vineyard with 50-year-old Monastrell vines. In addition he planted some Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The vineyards lie in the lowest part of the Sierra, inland from Valencia, with olive and almond trees surrounding in this Mediterranean climate. His philosophy is based on minimal intervention throughout the process, from vineyard to cellar to bottle, creating elegant yet restrained wines. His vineyards are situated in Serra de l’Ombria, on clayey-calcareous soils at 750 meters above sea level, with the influence of the Mediterranean climate. Rafael’s philosophy is to work in the vineyard in an organic way, and with maximum respect for the surroundings, to produce great wines with a marked varietal character and with minimum intervention in the winery.
92 points, James Suckling. "Perfumed plum and raspberry aromas with a touch of earth and leather. Medium bodied with wild berry flavours, smooth, chalky tannins and a fresh finish."
90 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. "The varietal Garnacha 2018 Soplo shows contained ripeness and 13% alcohol, with a mix of flowers and berries, clean, expressive and elegant. The palate is medium-bodied and reveals fine tannins and nice balance. Very pleasant. "