Bodegas Borsao (a group of three co-operative wineries in the Campo de Borja region of wine production, in Spain’s north east quadrant) was only set up in 2001 but has impressed The Independent Wine Review over the past decade with a selection of wines that not only very classy, but also great value. 620 member growers provide the grapes for a range of ten wines that are available to the UK market and sitting at the top of that ten wine range is this “Tres Picos” Garnacha.
Old Garnacha vines (35-60 years of age), planted on stony hillsides around 650 metres above sea-level produce small quantities of intensely flavoured grapes and the team at Bodegas Borsao opt to keep these grapes separate from the remainder of the huge harvest each year due to their superior quality. Fermented in stainless steel, this 2011 “Tres Picos” Garnacha was then matured for ten months in French oak barrels. Commercial release was around six months after bottling.
An intense ruby hue in the glass, this “Tres Picos” Garnacha from Bodegas Borsao offers a concentrated nose of plum fruit, blueberries and violets. There is a great intensity to these fruit aromas that can only be a product of the older vines and oak lends a subtle hint of clove spice as air slowly permeates this wine.
Densely fruity in the mouth, this 2011 “Tres Picos” Garnacha leads with the direct dark fruit notes of plum and blueberries that are carried over from the nose, with some red cherry flavours also in evidence. The spicy oak notes of this wine emerge from the mid-palate and there is a lovely length to the rich, but surprisingly elegant fruit. A good level of acidity has been retained (despite the heat of Camp de Borja) and this helps significantly with the overall balance of this “Tres Picos” Garnacha.
The tannins are approachable now (and this “Tres Picos” Garnacha is massively drinkable), but it could also be cellared through to 2016.
Bodegas Borsao “Tres Picos” Garnacha (2011)
Score: 90/100 – One of our favourite reasonably priced Spanish reds, this 2011 “Tres Picos” Garnacha shows the Bodegas Borsao signatures of quality and value in abundance.
Value for Money: 8/10 – Selling at prices from £12.50 per bottle, this “Tres Picos” Garnacha offers a very high score at an accessible price.