Dehesa La Granja

Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León, Castilla y León

Located in western Spain in the province of Zamora, the winery is built on a sprawling ranch, where the 250 hectares of high-quality Tempranillo vines produce wines that are large in volume, structure and depth. In the Tierra del Vino de Zamora appellation, Familia Fernández Rivera planted Tempranillo vines taken from grafts from the Condado de Haza estate. An ancient winery with an underground cellar in which the wines could be aged in perfect conditions was restored and renovated.

Tasting Notes

COLOUR: A clean, bright-coloured wine with a ruby-red hue and some violet undertones. NOSE: Medium to powerful aromatics with hints of fresh red berry fruits, such as red currants and raspberries, together with toasted and roasted coffee bean notes. PALATE: A silky, elegant entry on the palate. Deliciously rich with good acidity and very pleasant, well-integrated tannins. Intense red berry fruit flavours come through in the finish. The oak is harmoniously integrated bringing hints of toast and vanilla, characteristic of a wine aged in American oak.

Rice dishes, barbecued meat, red fish, cheese and chocolate.

2018 began with a cold winter. Temperatures remained low during early spring; however, the vines budded on the usual dates. Rain arrived at the end of winter and set in throughout spring and continued into late June. Summer was late in arriving, and until August temperatures remained moderate and below the seasonal average. The earlier rainfall and mild temperatures enabled perfect vine vegetation growth (although the vines were somewhat behind the usual schedule), both in terms of number and size of bunches. Ripeness was reached by the middle of September, the normal summer temperatures in August having enabled the grapes to catch up. The absence of rain ensured that the crop was harvested in optimal health. The 2018 crop was a large one and of very high quality.

Each year harvest begins towards the middle of September and all vineyard blocks are vinified separately in small stainless steel tanks in order to ensure optimum wine quality. Alcoholic fermentation takes place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C and the finished wine is aged for a minimum of 12 months in fine grain, 225- and 300-liter neutral American oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. With the Fernández family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines produced are neither filtered nor fined before bottling. Unbound by the strict protocols that govern a Denominación de Origen (D.O.) in Spain, Dehesa La Granja may be aged and released any time the winemaker chooses. The 2018 Dehesa la Granja is aged 12 months in barrel and then in bottle before its release.

100% Tempranillo Alcohol 14.5% Average age of vine:  20 years

“Liberty” is the concept that inspires the winemaking, flora and fauna which prosper on this estate, purchased in 1998. The 800-hectare Dehesa La Granja comprises olive trees, garbanzo bushes, cereal crops, rolling hills planted with 25-year-old Tempranillo vines and hundreds of heads of sheep and cattle. Inspired by the great terroir of Zamora, plus the 3,000m of underground tunnels found excavated underneath the farm, this location has the winning combination of an ideal above-ground climate and soil for grape growing, along with a perfect underground climate and temperature for wine aging. Dehesa La Granja was thus founded and remains a fully functioning farm and winery, embodying the truly “free-range” Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León.

Located in western Spain in the province of Zamora, the winery is built on a sprawling ranch, where the 250 hectares of high-quality Tempranillo vines produce wines that are large in volume, structure and depth.

Tasting Notes

APPEARANCE: Clean and bright with a black cherry hue. NOSE: Complex with aromas of ripe black fruit and liquorice with notes of roasted coffee beans and touches of vanilla and pastry coming through. PALATE: A fleshy entry with well-balanced acidity, a good presence of tannins which provides nice length on the palate. Black fruit aromas with liquorice come through followed by a sensation of sweetness in which vanilla notes come to the fore.

A perfect accompaniment for red meats, such as sirloin steak with mustard in a red wine sauce. It is also the perfect accompaniment for feathered game, such as pigeon stew with mushrooms and truffles or with duck magret in a blueberry sauce.

2016 began with especially warm and wet weather in January and February, followed by a cold spring during which it rained continually until the month of May. As a result, bud-break occurred around the usual dates, while the shoots grew quickly due to the abundant rainfall. Summer then arrived with the usual temperatures for the season, but the weather remained very dry over the months of June, July and August, limiting the growth of the berries. Despite this, the favourable weather conditions during the spring months had enabled the vines to produce numerous bunches. After a late heat-wave during the first week of September, rain and low temperatures arrived helping the ripening process to slow and the ripeness of the grapes to even out.

Each year harvest begins towards the middle of September and all vineyard blocks are vinified separately in small stainless steel tanks in order to ensure optimum wine quality. Alcoholic fermentation takes place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C and the finished wine is aged for a minimum of 24 months in fine grain, 225- and 300-liter neutral American oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. Barrels are racked a minimum of three times during the first twelve months of aging and an additional 2-3 times before bottling. With the Fernández family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines produced are neither filtered nor fined before bottling. Unbound by the strict protocols that govern a Denominación de Origen (D.O.) in Spain, Dehesa La Granja may be aged and released any time the winemaker chooses. The 2014 Dehesa la Granja is refreshingly fruit-forward for its lengthy aging of 24 months in barrel and close to four years in bottle.

100% Tempranillo Alcohol 14.5% Average age of vine:  25 years

“Liberty” is the concept that inspires the winemaking, flora and fauna which prosper on this estate, purchased in 1998. The 800-hectare Dehesa La Granja comprises olive trees, garbanzo bushes, cereal crops, rolling hills planted with 25-year-old Tempranillo vines and hundreds of heads of sheep and cattle. Inspired by the great terroir of Zamora, plus the 3,000m2 of underground tunnels found excavated underneath the farm, this location has the winning combination of an ideal above-ground climate and soil for grape growing, along with a perfect underground climate and temperature for wine aging. Dehesa La Granja was thus founded and remains a fully functioning farm and winery, embodying the truly “free-range” Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León.

Dark cherry red, with an intense crimson color.  The nose presents subtle aromas of blackberry and blackcurrant marmalade, with balsamic notes of licorice and vanilla. Humid and mineral notes like graphite. Its fine acidity provides a light entry and an easy palate with a balanced structure. An elegant finish with hints of toast and licorice.  

Tasting Notes

A true farm-to-table wine, the 2014 Dehesa La Granja shows dark cherry red, with an intense crimson color.  The nose presents subtle aromas of blackberry and blackcurrant marmalade, with balsamic notes of licorice and vanilla. Humid and mineral notes like graphite. Its fine acidity provides a light entry and an easy palate with a balanced structure. An elegant finish with hints of toast and licorice.

A perfect accompaniment for red meats, such as sirloin steak with mustard in a red wine sauce. It is also the perfect accompaniment for feathered game, such as pigeon stew with mushrooms and truffles or with duck magret in a blueberry sauce.

Each year harvest begins towards the middle of September and all vineyard blocks are vinified separately in small stainless steel tanks in order to ensure optimum wine quality. Alcoholic fermentation takes place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C and the finished wine is aged for a minimum of 24 months in fine grain, 225- and 300-liter neutral American oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. Barrels are racked a minimum of three times during the first twelve months of aging and an additional 2-3 times before bottling. With the Fernández family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines produced are neither filtered nor fined before bottling. Unbound by the strict protocols that govern a Denominación de Origen (D.O.) in Spain, Dehesa La Granja may be aged and released any time the winemaker chooses. The 2014 Dehesa la Granja is refreshingly fruit-forward for its lengthy aging of 24 months in barrel and close to four years in bottle.

100% Tempranillo Alcohol 14.5% Average age of vine:  25 years

“Liberty” is the concept that inspires the winemaking, flora and fauna which prosper on this estate, purchased in 1998. The 800-hectare Dehesa La Granja comprises olive trees, garbanzo bushes, cereal crops, rolling hills planted with 25-year-old Tempranillo vines and hundreds of heads of sheep and cattle. Inspired by the great terroir of Zamora, plus the 3,000m2 of underground tunnels found excavated underneath the farm, this location has the winning combination of an ideal above-ground climate and soil for grape growing, along with a perfect underground climate and temperature for wine aging. Dehesa La Granja was thus founded and remains a fully functioning farm and winery, embodying the truly “free-range” Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León.

Ripe cherry red, with an intense crimson rim and deeply pigmented.  Subtle reduction notes reminiscent of ripe blackberry jam. Combined with delicate toasty touches that mingle perfectly with a smooth chocolaty background and pleasant balsamic notes.  The wine has a strong attack, flavorful, full-bodied with excellent structure. Mature, mellow, quality tannins that provide opulence and volume reaching the entire palate. Loaded with ripe fruit mid-palate, integrated with the presence of exquisite wood. Persistent finish, with hints of cherry liqueur.  

Tasting Notes

A true farm-to-table wine, the 2013 Dehesa La Granja shows ripe wild-cherry red color with an intense maroon rim and is well-structured, potent, velvety, and fleshy wine in the mouth, boasting powerful, rounded tannins. It has subtle hints of ripe red berries with smooth balsamic notes with traces of smoky, toasted elements.

Each year harvest begins towards the middle of September and all vineyard blocks are vinified separately in small stainless steel tanks in order to ensure optimum wine quality. Alcoholic fermentation takes place between 6-10 days at an average temperature of 20-25°C and the finished wine is aged for a minimum of 24 months in fine grain, 225- and 300-liter neutral American oak barrels with a light-to-medium toast. Barrels are racked a minimum of three times during the first twelve months of aging and an additional 2-3 times before bottling. With the Fernández family dedicated to natural winemaking, all wines produced are neither filtered nor fined before bottling. Unbound by the strict protocols that govern a Denominación de Origen (D.O.) in Spain, Dehesa La Granja may be aged and released any time the winemaker chooses. The 2013 Dehesa la Granja is refreshingly fruit-forward for its lengthy aging of 24 months in barrel and close to four years in bottle.

100% Tempranillo Alcohol 14.0% Average age of vine:  25 years

“Liberty” is the concept that inspires the winemaking, flora and fauna which prosper on this estate, purchased in 1998. The 800-hectare Dehesa La Granja comprises olive trees, garbanzo bushes, cereal crops, rolling hills planted with 25-year-old Tempranillo vines and hundreds of heads of sheep and cattle. Inspired by the great terroir of Zamora, plus the 3,000m2 of underground tunnels found excavated underneath the farm, this location has the winning combination of an ideal above-ground climate and soil for grape growing, along with a perfect underground climate and temperature for wine aging. Dehesa La Granja was thus founded and remains a fully functioning farm and winery, embodying the truly “free-range” Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León.

  • 93

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    James Suckling, May 2022

    "Sweet plums and red and black berries with a savory edge of dried meat, licorice and iron. This is quite approachable now, with its medium body and chalky tannins that melt away with the savory fruit on the palate. Excellent length. Already drinkable, but give it another year to allow it to develop more complexity."

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    James Suckling, October 2021

    "Mulberries, dried herbs, black olives, cedar and baking spices on the nose. Full-bodied with firm tannins. Chewy and savory with a creamy texture. Excellent concentration of flavor, as well as length. Drink or hold."

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