Bernabeleva Arroyo del Tortolas Vinos de Madrid


Wine label
Bottle sizes:750 ML
Appellation:Vinos De Madrid
Varietals:Grenache (Garnacha)
Vineyard:A single vineyard called Arroyo del Tortolas with vines over 65 years old.
Orientation:North facing vineyard at 800+ meters in altitude
Soil:Granitic Sand
Viticulture:practicing organic and biodynamic. 30 hl/hA for yields.
Vinification:no fining and no filtering. Whole cluster fermentation.
Aging:225, 300, 500 and 600 L French oak barrels used for aging. No more than 25% are new.


Wine advocate: 93+
The first of their single vineyard Garnachas was the 2015 Arroyo del Tórtolas, from a north-facing plot on a slope at 800 meters altitude. The vines are now 67 years old, planted on sandy soils with a high content of iron. The full clusters fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts with very soft maceration of some 60 days. The wine aged in used oak barrels for one year and then was kept in stainless steel for a few more months through the winter to achieve a natural stabilization. Despite the recent bottling, this was showing very well, with focused aromas and flavors. It may not have the finesse the 2014 was showing, but it feels like a superb result for a warm and dry year like 2015. The palate has the austerity of the granite and also a meaty touch that made me think of iron. Winemaker Marc Isart told me the granite has plenty of red in it, so there you go! 2,500 bottles were filled in April 2017.