This month we are making our Wine Club trip to Spain. We are proud to present these award winning wines from the Gil Family Estates. Gil Family Estates owns or controls approximately 4,364 acres of vineyards throughout their eleven wineries physically scattered across eleven different D.O.s, Designated Viticultural Areas, in Spain. Each winery has its own personality perfectly defined but working in excellent tuning with the rest. Gil Family Estates has unwavering focus on indigenous terrior-driven wines of outstanding value.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Cheers!
La Atalaya Del Camino 2016
High, cherry-colored depth with a ruby rim. Explosive notes of red and black fruit, fig preserve, hints of toast, Arabica coffee, toffee, spices, menthol and a dash of violets. Bold, meaty and full-bodied, yet a surprising freshness. Good acidity and round though under-ripe tannins give tension and complexity. Long finish. 85% Garnacha Tintorera, 15% Monastrell
92 Points ~ Guίa Peñίn!
- Grilled red meat
- Semi-hard cheeses
Shaya Verdejo 2017
On the nose it displays toasty baking spices, nutmeg, spring flowers, marzipan, and pit fruits. A bit richer and more complex on the palate than the “regular” cuvee, this vibrant wine could evolve for 1-2 years but is drinking well now. 100% Verdejo
93 Points ~ Guίa Peñίn!
- Fish with white wine sauce
- Roast lamb
- Seafood paella
Juan Gil Rosé 2017
Notes of tart red plum, cherry and cranberry are evident on the nose. The well-integrated oak gives hints of nuts, toast and ripe creamy weight, apricot and peach fruit with a orange-peel savory finish. Tempranillo and Syrah
90 Points ~ Guίa Peñίn!
- Fish dishes
The Bodegas Atalaya Winery is a relatively new project within the Gil Family Group. It is located in the Almansa D.O, east of Albacete Province near Valencia, Alicante and Murcia, in the transit zone between the Castilian Plateau and the Mediterranean Sea. The soils here consist mainly of limestone. The predominant grape varieties are Garnacha Tintorera, a variety native to the area and Monastrell (also known as Mataró or Mourvèdre), from which the project produces its wines. The technical direction is provided by the Australian-born winemaker Frank Gonzales.
Bodegas Shaya’s winery and vineyards are located in the most southwestern part of the appellation in the province of Segovia. The grapes for the wines come from 30.5 hectares of very old Verdejo vines with low yields (2.5/ha). The vines are planted in sandy soils in vaso system which makes it possible for many of them to be un-grafted. The vineyards have a surface layer of small-sized river gravel and a deeper layer that consists of clay. The wines ferment partially in barrels and stays with the lees in its entirety for several months before being bottled. Technical direction is provided by Belinda Thomson of the Australian Crawford River Winery in the area of Victoria and Alastair Gardner.
The origins of Bodegas Juan Gil date from 1916 when Juan Gil Gimènez, great grandfather of the present generation, began getting involved in the world of wines and built a winery in the heart of Jumilla, Spain. His son, Juan Gil Guerrero, dedicated his entire life to the wine business, however, it was the third generation who really consolidated the winery. Juan Gil Gonzalez, together with his brother Paco, the founder’s grandsons, forged an image of quality, reliability and efficiency. The present Gil generation continually strive to maintain and improve the Juan Gil standard, which is evident through the remarkable wines they produce.