Monday, 16 November 2015 06:12

Gran Canaria Wine: High Altitude Agala 1175 Tinto

The fantastic high altitude Agala tinto from Gran Canaria The fantastic high altitude Agala tinto from Gran Canaria

The Agala 1175 tinto altitud is from the bodega that makes the the spectacular 1318 white so you know it's going to be worth the 10 euro price.

It's also made from grapes grown at high altitude which is often a good sign in Gran Canaria, and with an original mix of local grapes varieties baboso negro, vijariego negro and tintilla.

The nose is red fruit and then a lovely vanilla note from the four months in French oak barrels. There's also a touch of spice. In the mouth, this wine is intense at first with more red fruit and plenty of spice (from the vijariego negro and the tintilla). Then you notice how rich and silky it is (a classic baboso negro trait). The aftertaste is warm vanilla tannins from the barrel.

Overall a great Gran Canaria wine from a bodega that keeps on delivering the goods.

Buy this to drink with Christmas dinner or for an evening sitting out on a cool night. One bottle isn't enough.

Sold in El Corte Inglés and in upmarket wine shops and delis. 

Alex says: Agala altitud is a wine that's had minimal processing so open a couple of hours before you drink (the bottle suggests decanting but who's got time for that?).  We found that it became much more balanced and less acidic after a rest. 

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