Where is Moravia Agria from and where can I find it?
Moravia Agria is one of Spain’s more obscure red grape varieties, grown principally in Castilla-La Mancha, especially in DO Manchuela. As its name suggests – agria is Spanish for "sour" - this is a grape with a fairly high natural acidity which, as average temperatures rise particularly in the south, means that some winemakers are beginning to use it again to add balance and freshness to their blends.
What are Moravia Agria's main characteristics?
As you’d expect, with that quite acidic profile Moravia Agria is a late-ripening grape – ie it needs more prolonged exposure to heat to reach the optimum level of ripeness – and yields tend to be quite low. Often producers will use it in blends to compensate other varieties like Merlot or Syrah for example which tend to have quite low levels of acidity.
What does Moravia Agria taste like?
More than taste perhaps, Moravia Agria is used to bring freshness to wines in hotter parts of Spain, especially the south-east. Sometimes it can be quite herbaceous too, a little like some of the native red varieties in Galicia for example.