In a nutshell: A fresh and elegant Garnacha from one of the oldest winemaking families in Spain.
The lowdown: Chivite have been making wine for over 300 hundred years and their Legardeta estate south-west of Pamplona produces some stunning wines. Set in rolling hills surrounded by natural woodland and scrub and with it's own unique microclimate the produced have both ripeness and wonderfully balanced, fresh acidity. This Legardeta Garnacha is a true balance of those two virtues of ripeness and freshness. Hand harvested the grapes then undergo a gentle maceration and fermentation prior to spending 10 months in French oak barrels. Loads of deep, fruity aromas lead onto medium-bodied, elegant palate with raspberry and strawberry notes, touches of spice, fine tannins and a long finish.
When to drink: A great pairing to roast pork or chicken. Try also with game dishes like pigeon, mushroom risotto, and would be a good choice to have with mixed cheese and charcuterie boards.
The Chivite family have a long pedigree in the northern Spanish province of Navarre. They've been making wine there since the 17th century and over the years they've firmly established themselves as the leading wine producer in this part of Spain. While parts of the business are involved in large scale commerical wines those under the Chivite label are their premium brands and in particular their Finca Legardeta which is located about 25 miles southwest of Pamplona. Here, at an average elevation of 450m, the poor soils and continental climate make it ideal for quality wine production.
Julian Chivite López is the current generation of the family to be at the helm and under his guidance their reputation seems quietly assured.