Gil Family Estates Atalaya Laya 2019
$25.00 inc. GST
Case of 6+ bottles: only $19.90/bottle!
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92/100 – Bob Campbell MW
90+/100 – Robert Parker
92/100 – James Suckling (2018 vintage)
18.0/20 – Raymond Chan (2016 vintage)
“An inky blend of garnacha and monastrell from the region of Almansa. Dense, rich, full-flavoured red with dark berry, Black Doris plum, and five-spice flavours. Bright acidity and firm tannins provide a solid backbone. Needs a few years to mellow or try it now with aged cheddar. Provides a lot of bang for the buck. Drink 2020 to 2025.“ – Bob Campbell MW
“The fruit-driven and easy-to-drink 2019 Laya was produced with Garnacha Tintorera, or Alicante Bouschet, grapes blended with 30% Monastrell from an unusually wet year with torrential rains during the harvest. It fermented in stainless steel vats with neutral yeasts, with malolactic in barrel, where the wine matured for four months. It’s very dark, almost opaque, expressive and open. This comes from younger vines yet is structured and seamless, quite complete. It feels like a very good vintage for Garnacha Tintorera in the zone. The palate is round, somehow creamy, and the tannins are ripe and juicy. 360,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2020.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Tasting Note: Bodegas Atalaya was founded in 2007 by the Gil Family of Jumilla. The prominent grape variety in Almansa is Garnacha Tintorera along with Monastrell. 70% Garnacha Tintorera and 30% Monastrell planted around 1000 metres above sea level and aged for 4 months in French oak barrels. Deep red cherry in color. Elegant, fresh and complex nose that highlights ripe fruit and floral notes. Nice and fresh on the palate, well-balanced with sweet but still young tannins, a delicious mouthful sensation that lingers on the very long and smooth finish.
Varietal: Garnacha Tintorera and Monastrell
Region: Almansa, Spain