jueves, 11 de abril de 2013

Bodegas Esteban Martín (Vinem) - D.O. Cariñena


BODEGAS ESTEBAN MARTÍN (VINEM) - D.O. CARIÑENA

The denomination of Cariñena, created in 1932, belongs to part of the autonomous community of Aragón in northern Spain and is one of the oldest protected wine-growing regions in Europe. The Cariñena vineyards are located 50 km southwest of Zaragoza, on a plateau known as the Campo de Cariñena. The altitude of these vineyards ranges from the lower vineyards which lie at about 400m rising to 800m as they approach the Sierra de La Virgen mountains. To the west, they border on the denomination of Calatayud. The region has a continental climate with long, hot, dry summers and cold winters with temperatures reaching as low as -8 deg.C. The cold northerly wind, El Cierzo, helps to maintain low humidity. The main problems for the grape growers are the risk of hailstones, the strong winds and excessive summer heat, as drought can affect the harvest. However, the large difference between daytime and night-time temperatures is a positive contributory factor to the characteristic intensity of the Cariñena wines. The 1990s saw a period of rapid growth in Cariñena thanks to the merger of several smaller wineries and cooperatives, and to the adaptation of the wines produced to suit a more modern palate: fruitier, lighter, more balanced wines. Exports have quadrupled since 1995.

Established in 2003, Viñedos y Bodegas Esteban Martín is a family-run, very modern winery located in Alfamén, in the heart of Cariñena. It is surrounded by 150 hectares of estate-owned plots where varieties, best suited to the soils, are grown: the main authorised red varieties the winery works with include Garnacha, Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah and, in the case of the whites, Viura and Chardonnay, all selected with the greatest of care during the harvest. With very modern facilities and 300 new French and American barrels, the Vinem wines offer a distinctive modern personality at affordable prices.


VINEM WHITE CHARDONNAY/MACABEO 2012, CARIÑENA, SPAIN

- Wine making: Made from a careful selection of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Macabeo vines. (Screwcap available)

- Tasting notes: "Bright yellow straw colour with aromatic citrus, zesty, floral aromas. Very clean, with a notable freshness of apple and pear flavours on the palate. Harmonious and persistent". burridgewine

Brussels International Wine Competition 2011 - Silver Medal

- Price £7.00


VINEM RED GARNACHA / SYRAH 2012, CARIÑENA, SPAIN

- Wine making: Made from a careful selection of 80% Garnacha grapes, 10% Syrah and 10% Merlot. (Screwcap available)

- Tasting notes: "Deep purple colour, wild berry youthful nose. Well structured on the palate, rounded, good acidity, mature fruits and sweet tannins. Soft easy drinking". burridgewine

WFS Awards 2012 - selected in Top 100 New Wave Spanish Wines

- Price: £7.00

Source: www.burridgewine.com

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