Daniel Gómez Jiménez-Landi Las Iruelas Garnacha
Las Iruelas (taking its name from the Valle de Iruelas) is Dani Landi’s 1er cru single-vineyard, or ’vino de parcela’ Garnacha that from vines that sit 1000 metres above sea level in the village of El Tiemblo. Like all of Dani Landi’s wines, the fruit comes from biodynamically grown, hand-tended old vines. These vines are 60+ years-old and sit on steep, east facing slopes. The rich and complex Sierra de Gredos soils are made up of sandy granite, schist, quartz and clay. The wine is made with the same care as all of Landi's wines, both the 1er crus and the village style. Whole bunches are fermented in open vats using natural yeasts, managed with pigéage, and aged for 16 months in 500L French oak barrels.
The wine style shows bright acidity, juicy red cherry fruit and a muscularity owing to the use of oak. With just a couple of years bottle age, the tannin settle, the red fruit develops and the wine achieves a new level of sophistication.
"Extremely perfumed aromas of orange peel, orange blossom, cherries and hints of strawberries, following through to a medium-to full-bodied palate with silky tannins and a crisp and clean finish. Complex and individualistic. Try in 2020."
97 points, James Suckling, August 2018.
The 2015 Las Iruelas comes from the whole plot, which is quite heterogeneous, with different soils, exposures and altitudes. It was cropped from the warmest and driest vintage of the last ten years, but this vineyard always delivers wines of medium body, with an elegant and subtle character, more notes of spice than fruit, with an earthy touch and some earthy tannins in the drier years.
95+ points, Luis Gutierrez (December 2018)
Meaty nose. Lots of freshness and sweetness. This seems a little more like Châteauneuf until the end when the chewy tannins blow on to the palate. Rather broad and luscious. Lots of grip on the end after such a friendly start.
17+ points, Jancis Robinson (March 2018)