Safrà

2019
Spain
Valencia

• Safrà is a blend of Mandó, an indigenous grape of this part of Valencia, with a small amount of another indigenous variety, Arcos.

• 600 meters elevation.

• Hand harvested, natural yeast fermentation in tank and stone lagars, gentle maceration.

• 6 months in 28HL subterranean amphorae.

94 points
"The 2019 Safrà was produced with a base of Mandó, but it's a different Mandó from Parotet, livelier and more fluid. They say it's a red with the soul of a white. In any case, both wines change in 2019 with the addition of Arcos. They harvest the grapes early and use some 30% stems for the vinification in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts. This 2019 is a blend with 30% Arcos, an almost forgotten grape they are recovering and to which they are paying very much attention. Like many of the other wines, it matured in ancient buried 2,600-liter tinajas in their impressive 17th-century cellar. I've always liked the floral and aromatic expression of this wine, which has nice aromas and complexity, developing beautiful notes of sour cherries; and in the palate, it's more serious than you expect, longer, deeper and very tasty. This is more ethereal than Vermell and less spicy that Parotet. I think it has gained in freshness and complexity with the addition of Arcos, which is part of the blend for the first time in 2019. In fact, this is better than ever! 20,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2020."
Luis Gutiérrez,
Wine Advocate
, September 210, 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB3389-19
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Mando
Farming Type: 
Organic