Ver Sacrum Garnacha 2021, IG Los Chacayes, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Eduardo Soler and two friends started Ver Sacrum in 2012 with the concept of growing and vinifying Rhone varietals. Their winemaking ethos focuses on fresh, low alcohol, lighter skin contact, native yeast, honest, and easy drinking wines. All grapes are hand harvested and most are foot crushed with minimal intervention in the vineyards and winery and no corrections, filtration, or pump overs. They currently make wine from their small vineyard in Los Chacayes, Uco Valley where they have planted Grenache, Monastrell, Carignan, Roussane, Marsanne, Mencia, Syrah, Teroldego, and Nebbiolo. 100% Garnacha. Soil type: Alluvial – Calcareous with large river stones. Stem Inclusion: 25% whole cluster. Elevage: 7 months in 50% concrete egg and 50% used French oak. Lees Contact: 50% for 7 months. Maceration / Fermentation: 7 days semi-carbonic maceration at low temperature and then 18 days fermentation pressed juice in 3000L unlined cement egg. The nose is vibrant showing red cherry, raspberry, sage, thyme, and black pepper that leads into a light mid palate with hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, and a sprinkle of lemon balm. A light wine with a bright finish and lingering red fruit.