In a nutshell: A rich and fragrant Spanish red blend from hot and arid Aragon.
The lowdown: The name of this wine, El Risco, which means 'the crag' is a reference to the rugged Aragonese terrain in the high altitude vineyards of Calatayud where the old bush vines that go into this wine grow. A blend of Syrah, with a dash of Garnacha and Bobal the winemaking here was very simple. A small proportion of whole bunches underwent a seven day maceration and subsequently the wine was aged for a few months in tank before being bottled without any fining and a light filtration. The result is a sweet-scented fresh and lively wine with a wonderfully fruity character.
When to drink: An easy drinking, versatile red that's good with things like pasta, paella and casseroles, or just by itself.
The region of Calatayud around 250km northeast of Madrid was a major viticultural hub at the beginning of the 20th century with over 40,000 ha of vineyards, today only 3,000 ha remain, and farmers continue to abandon the land in what is considered an empoverished region. What is left however is a treasure chest of old vineyards