The Legado del Moncayo is an unoaked Garnacha from Campo de Borja, a little known region just to the south east of Rioja which specialises in the Garnacha grape.
It is made by Isaac Fernandez, a brilliant young producer from prestigious wine making stock (his uncle was winemaker at Vega Sicilia), who has set about rediscovering forgotten but exceptional terroirs around Spain.
His Legado del Moncayo 2017 comes from old Garnacha vines on the slopes of Mount Moncayo (an extinct volcano); it is beautifully balanced, vibrant, fresh and fruity; very smooth and an absolute bargain for under £10 a bottle.
Offered: May 2018.
Vintage report: Quantities down on 2016 but overall quality very good thanks to a long, hot, dry spring and summer. As a result very few issues with disease and bunches were ripe and healthy.
Drinking window: 2018 – 2021.Food matching: An excellent match for tapas, hard cheeses, charcuterie or lighter grilled meat dishes.