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Jimenez Landi El Corralon, DO Mentrida

Jimenez Landi El Corralon, DO Mentrida

£15.50 / bottle
£176.70 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Jimenez-Landi El Corralon is a Spanish red wine categorized as a “Vino de Pueblo”, or village wine, which is produced in the Denominacio de Origin Mentrida wine growing appellation. Located to the south-west of Madrid, DO Mentrida covers many municipalities in the north-east corner of the province of Toledo in Castile La Mancha. The DO was established in 1976 and the red grape Garnacha (also known as Grenache) accounts for 80% of plantings.

Family owned Bodegas Jimenez-Landi was established in 1961 when husband and wife Antonio Jiménez-Landi Martínez De Ojeda and María Luisa Usunáriz Sanmartín De Capistrós bought Dehesa del Romeral and planted vineyards in the surrounding area. In 1963, in partnership with Helios Sainz, a wine producer from Valencia, the winery buildings were renovated and modern equipment was installed throughout. Sainz left the business in 1980 and the son of Antonio Jiménez-Landi Martínez, Pedro Antonio Jiménez-Landi Usunariz took control of the estate. In 2004 the entire wine-making operation was revamped and equipment renewed once again and son of Pedro Antonio, Jose Benavides Jiménez-Landi, and his cousin, Daniel Gómez Jiménez-Landi, began a new project to produce, terroir-driven Garnachas but with the utmost respect for the environment. Daniel left in 2012 to begin his own wine project. Today the winery is widely recognized as being expert producers of Garnacha using 21st century wine-making whilst respecting history and tradition.

The estate has two main vineyard locations in the villages of Mentrido and Real de San Vicente. There 15 hectares of vineyards in Mentrido have vine ages of between 12 to 40 years old. These are situated at an altitude between 550 and 650 metres above sea level. The climate is extreme continental with very hot summers and long cold winters with some shelter provided from the cold, north winds provided by the nearby Sierra de Gredos mountain range. The soils are mainly of granitic, sandy composition. There are another 5 hectares vineyards consisting of very old Garnacha located in Real de San Vicente with ages between 40 and 70 years old, located between 750 and 850 metres above sea level. These are small plots on sandy granite soils of siliceous origin and are organically farmed.

Wine-making is carried out by hand. Grapes are manually harvested and the individual plots from each village are vinified separately. Vinification is carried out in a combination of stainless steel and open top wooden vats. The wines are aged in only lightly toasted French oak barrels and foudres, ranging in size between 500 and 3000 litres, to allow the full expression of the character of the grapes and terroirs. The wines are bottled unfiltered with minimal sulphur.

Jimenez Landi El Corralon is a blend of 65% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes sourced from the estate vineyards in the village of Mentrida. The grapes are manually sorted at the winery and 35% are destemmed. The grapes undergo a cold soak for 4 days prior to a temperature controlled fermentation which can last between 20 to 30 days depending on the various plots and tanks. There is gentle extraction with some pumping over and delastage.

Tasting Notes

Jimenez-Landi El Corralon has a bright, garnet red colour. The nose has enticing aromas of red berries, herbaceous notes, leather and hints of white pepper-y spice. There is a hint of oak. The palate has flavours reminiscent of sweet, dark berry fruit, fruits of the forest, cherries, plums and a hint of chocolate with fresh acidity and a good length. Supple tannins, medium bodied, dry and well-balanced.

Food Pairing

Perfect with tapas, charcuterie, composed salads and lighter meat dishes, lamb chops, chicken or couscous dishes.

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