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Mad Dogs & Englishmen Carignan Shiraz Tempranillo 2012

Mad Dogs & Englishmen Carignan Shiraz Tempranillo 750ml 2012    
Sku: 1885246*

Grapes for Mad Dogs & Englishmen grow in an open mountain valley of Extremadura, a well-guarded gem of southern Spain that has only recently been discovered by the outside world. Situated on the boundary between the Continental and Mediterranean climates that divide this region, the vineyards benefit from a unique combination of growing conditions. During the height of the season, the hot, dry summer days and elevated altitude of the Plateau help fully ripen the grapes while cool breezes off the Guadiana River and the Atlantic Ocean balance the fruit”s natural sugars and acidity. When the season shifts toward Fall, low pressure fronts in the area allow hot leveche winds from the desert in Northern Africa to warm the vineyards and prolong the fruit”s hang time.

Tasting notes
This wine is ruby to dark crimson in color, with aromas of wild raspberry, notes of clove, black pepper, ripe black fruits, vanilla, and cinnamon.

Technical notes
Varietal Composition 60% Carignan, 20% Tempranillo, and 20% Shiraz

Other text
Mad Dogs & Englishmen vineyards grow 30-year-old Monastrell on ungrafted rootstock as well as Carignan, Mazuelo, Tempranillo, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each vintage is a blend of different varieties, based on the character of the grapes that year. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks and aging in French and American oak to create a bold, elegant Spanish wine with raspberry aromas, cherry flavors, and a long-lingering finish. Norrel Robertson is, in fact, Scottish; the bodegas know him as El Escoces Volante (The Flying Scotsman). Norrel has worked in every aspect of winery operations in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and now consults at top estates across Spain. He studied post-graduate viticulture and oenology in New Zealand and is the only Master of Wine based in Spain.

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Country: Spain
Region: Extremadura
Grape Varietal: Carignane,Syrah,Tempranillo
Type: Still wine
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