Grapes for this wine were sourced from 40 year old estate Astrales vineyard and were hand harvested during the first week of October. Prior to processing the grapes were cluster sorted. The grapes are de-stemmed but not crushed, macerated for 20 days in temperature controlled tanks followed by aging in 100% French oak barrels for 15 months. Bottled without filtration after a gentle egg-white fining.
Inky ruby. Ripe cherry, black raspberry and floral pastille scents are complemented by hints of allspice and vanilla. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering vibrant dark berry flavors that flesh out and become spicier out with aeration. Closes sappy and very long, with sneaky tannins harmonizing with the wine's juicy fruit. This wine was aged for 16 months in French oak barriques, half of them new.
2019 – 2025 Central Spain: Tempranillo and Beyond
The Wine Enthusiast
Dark, meaty aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, herbs and spice pave the way for a jammy, tannic palate that’s jumbled in feel. Blueberry, mint, herb and briny flavors finish blocky, with herbal notes and heat. Drink this big-bodied offering through 2023. Issue December 2015
The Wine Advocate
The 2011 Arrocal Seleccion is pure Tempranillo with ripe, minty aromas. It is quite showy and attractive with balsamic notes of cola nut, quite marked by the oak. But it has enough intensity of fruit to keep the oak in the background, both in nose and palate. The tannins are polished and plump, and there seems to be enough acidity. It feels remarkably fresh for a warm vintage like 2011. Well done! Drink now-2018. Issue 214, August 2014