Tandem, Ars Nova 2016
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A red wine overflowing with ripe black fruit flavours complemented by delicate black olive and spicy roasted red chilli notes. Layered with complexity, this is a powerful expression of its mountainous terroir. Fermentation took place at controlled temperatures of 28°C, during which a slow extraction took place with cap submersions to achieve the desired levels of colour, flavour and fine tannins. Pumps were not used during the fermentation process, instead, the wine was racked by gravity into concrete vats. The wine went through malolactic conversion and natural clarification took place by decanting into concrete vats; it was not cold stabilised or fined. The wine then spent a minimum of 24 months in concrete vats, followed by nine months ageing in French 300 litre oak barrels.
Tandem is the brainchild of José Maria Fraile and Alicia Eyaralar, two of the leading lights in the Navarra winemaking scene. Committed to making the best wines in the region with minimal intervention in the vineyards and winery, Tandem is cited by critics as ‘cutting edge’ Navarra. The grapes are cultivated in the heart of the Yerri Valley, which is recognised as the best area for quality wine in the region. Respect for nature is an obsession - they follow the precepts of sustainable viticulture, while maintaining the vineyard’s health and viability.
Region: Navarra, Spain
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Merlot