6 Bottle Case - 2 x of each
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A tour of Gran Cerdo in 3 wines - £70.00
Our second edition Estate Explorer case, ventures to Rioja, Spain and the winery of Gran cerdo by legend winemaker Gonzalo Gonzalo.
Gonzalo is a child of the vines having grown up on a family vineyard at Fuenmayor in the La Rioja region of Spain. So, it’s no surprise Gonzalo chose to follow family tradition and become a winemaker. However, Gonzalo opted to do things differently and, after studying oenology, a trip around France and Italy facilitated the discovery of natural winemaking, encouraging the decision to pursue that ethos and philosophy.
The wines that Gonzalo produces use no filtration or stabilisation and has established a growing following. And the label, featuring a fat pig (Gran Cerdo in Spanish) is another nod to the difficulties that occurred during their first vintage. Needing financial support to complete the harvest, Gonzalo turned to the bank. The application was declined on the basis that wine was not regarded as suitable security for the loan as it could not be seized if repayments were not made on time.
Fortunately, friends stepped up to provide the backing and the wine was well-received – and Gonzalo has gone on to repeat that success in subsequent years. However, that initial snub from the bank has not been forgotten. In fact, this wine was named after the ‘fat pigs’ who almost killed Gonzalo’s business.
In dedicating the wine to the bankers, Gonzalo said, “One day, these greasy and sweaty corporate suits will find that the best things in life cannot be impounded. Thanks to our friends help, we were finally able to bottle this wine.”
Gran Cerdo Blanco, Rioja, Spain
95% Viura, 5% mix of grapes such as Muscat, Tempranillo Blanco, Riesling, Petit & Gros Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo
Gran Cerdo Blanco is an exotic blend of mainly Viura with a little Muscat, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc among others. As ever, very little information is contained on the label other than a rant on the back label aimed at the bank managers who refused to lend him money to develop his business.
A delicate lemon-yellow in colour with scents of cut grass, peaches and lemongrass. On the palate, dry with a pronouced acidity leading to a short and refreshing finish.
Pairing: Great with grilled asparagus, pasta, squid cooked in its own ink or a fish stew
Gran Cerdo Rosado, Rioja, Spain
80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha & others
A BRAND NEW addition to the iconic Gran Cerdo stable, the 2021 Gran Cerdo Rosado is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and a little sprinkle of a mysterious variety. A sexy pink neon in colour with candy shop vibes on the nose moving into a strawberry and a cherry party on the palate, giving it a pleasant acidity that balances the alcohol in the mouth. It's an instant high, happy and social from the first drink and a lot like the other two varieties this is unbelievably good value and a proper good sipper.
Pairing: Great with spicy food
Gran Cerdo Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain
This wine has real character, all the juicy elements of Tempranillo, with no oak to mask its charm. It has a natural way about it but with no funkiness. Cherry-red, purplish, brilliant colour with primary notes of fresh fruit, strawberries, raspberries, cherries and violets with clean mineral tones from the granite, this little natural wine is phenomenal value.
Pairing: Roasted chicken, slow cooked roast shoulder of lamb with thyme or a salad of Canteloupe melon, chorizo and artichoke.