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This is a collab wine project with Modal Wines & one of their winemakers at Azul y Garanza from Navarra, Spain. ‘Spirals’ kicked off in 2018 with a series of bespoke cuvées made with a different one of Modal’s growers each year, and they have donated 100% of the profits to a different organisation every time.⁣

Made with Graciano grapes, the grape variety that is often used as part of the blend in top-end Rioja. But here we get to see it what it can do on its own.  It’s soft, velvety & smooth with black fruit, plums, smoke & hints of spice all balanced by lots of freshness. A great all-rounder on the table this winter, but perfect with a fatty cut of beef.

Spirals 06 is called ‘Oriol’ named after its 9-yr old (!) winemaker. Modal Wines visited Azul y Garanza in Navarra in February 2021 & a ‘secret’ wine was pulled out of the cellar, a soulful Graciano from 2018. They loved the wine & were shocked to find out that it had been made by Maria’s son Oriol who was only nine years old at the time, as part of a school project. ⁣

Oriol had a hand in every aspect of the wine, from the vineyard work & harvesting to footstomping & fermenting, checking densities, tasting the juice, racking it into barrel & eventually bottling it. He even made the decision to make it start to finish with zero additions for maximum purity.⁣

Following that visit in 2021 they decided to give it another couple of years of bottle age & it is now singing. Medium bodied, heaps of black fruits & the earthy, foresty notes of age, all in a structured but balanced frame. ⁣

Organic farming.

Minimal intervention winemaking.

No added sulphites.

11.5% abv / 750ml