Verum Rosado Garnacha
Verum Rosado Garnacha
A refreshingly light, organic rosé ideal for the summer months.
- Producer: Bodegas Verum
- Region: VT Castilla
- Vintage: 2022
- ABV: 12.5%
- Grape: Garnacha
- Certified Organic
A pale raspberry pink rosé bursting with aromas of fresh strawberry and cherry. Ideal to enjoy chilled on its own or the perfect pairing for spicy food.
Spicy food, Rice dishes, Seafood
More about Verum Rosado Garnacha
Who makes it
The López Montero family have been a key part of the winemaking tradition in the town of Tomelloso in La Mancha since the late 18th century. The family farm around 250 hectares in total, but in 2005 they launched the Verum project with a clear focus on 80 hectares of the finest vineyard sites and plots on the property.
Verum means "truthful" or "real" in Latin, and it is this search for authenticity in all aspects of the winemaking process that really sets the winery apart.
Key to the winery’s success is son and winemaker Elias López Montero whose philosophy is to work ecologically, respecting natural cycles and the character of the land to showcase the full potential of the different grape varieties. That clarity of focus has brought praise and plaudits from a host of international wine critics like Jancis Robinson or the Wine Advocate in the US.
Garnacha is one of the most widely grown wine grapes in the world and in Spain it's about the third most grown red grape behind Tempranillo and Bobal.
It's a late-ripening variety which enjoys hot, dry conditions, which makes it a reliably robust choice for winemakers. In the northeast of Spain, Garnacha tends to produce quite soft, easy-drinking red wines. It's low in tannins, so you don't get that woody, dry sensation in the mouth. But because it's late ripening it can also be quite high in alcohol as the fruit has more time to develop the sugars which then become alcohol in the wine.
In terms of fruit, in younger red and rosé wines you’ll pick up good bursts of red fruit like strawberry and raspberry. And in the varieties made with older vines that have been aged for a little you start to get sweeter, deeper fruit flavours reminiscent of figs. Occasionally you might also find a lick of white pepper just on top of the wine, which can add a nice touch of character.
Where it's made
La Mancha is not just Spain’s largest DO; its 155,000 hectares of vines make it the largest wine producing region in the world. With a winemaking history going back to the Romans, today the region’s 15,000 registered wine growers and 250 wineries, or bodegas, ensure that the wine sector is one of the key motors of the local economy. While still wines make up the biggest chunk of the region’s output, distillation is important too, and the region is a key supplier of spirit for the famous Brandy de Jerez.
Derived from the Moorish term Manxa meaning “parched earth”, La Mancha is large, flat and relatively high, with most vineyards between 600 and 800 metres above sea level. Starting on the southern fringes of Madrid, it stretches south about 200km down towards Valdepeñas, and about the same again from east to west. Climate is mainly dry and continental with long, hot summers and bitterly cold winters with frequent frosts. The white grape Airén and red Cencibel remain the most popular grapes, although you’ll increasingly see other Spanish grapes like Graciano or Verdejo, and international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay.
How it's made
Verum’s rosé wine is made with a selection of Garnacha grapes which are harvested in late September and at night when the temperature is cooler to preserve freshness. The grapes spend 14 horas macerating with their skins before the must is racked off and then fermented in stainless steel tanks at 14ºC. The wine is then fined before bottling.