Heredad de Candela

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Winemaker Notes

Inky ruby. Intense, smoke-accented aromas of blackberry, cherry liqueur, spice cake and vanilla, along with a powerful floral overtone. Plush and expansive in the mouth, offering surprisingly energetic dark fruit, violet pastille and cola flavors that pick up a smoky element with air. Closes on a sweet cherry note, showing impressive thrust, lingering florality and supple tannins that fold effortlessly into the energetic fruit. This is a really impressive wine for the region.-- Josh Reynolds.

Wine Information

The Candela family know their way around the Yecla DO and its native grapes, having founded Señorío de Barahonda in 1925 and handing down their artisan spirit through four generations. They live with the conviction that good wine is made in the vineyard, and their estate is farmed accordingly. Their 340 hectares (840 acres) are planted on sandy limestone soils and farmed organically, using no additional irrigation despite the extremely dry climate. Here, gnarly-looking Monastrell vines stand their ground against the scorching summer days and freezing winter nights, occasionally soothed by a westerly Mediterranean breeze. Heredad de Candela is a pure expression of Monastrell from the lowest-yielding vines in the family’s estate. Made solely from their oldest vines planted around1925, this a serious wine with all the earthy and gamey qualities that Monastrell lovers dream of. Alfredo Candela, fourth generation bodeguero, or proprietor, has resurrected in this wine some of the traditional winemaking techniques of Yecla, utilizing open top fermenters and stem maceration. Heredad de Candela is also a very personal wine, a tribute to the family’s heritage and winemaking in one of the most extreme viticultural regions of Europe, from the oldest winery in Yecla.

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