Vibrant, super fresh and forthcoming with lots of soft almost yeasty perfectly ripe jammy fruit. The faintest traces of wax, spice and smoke hide behind juicy plums and black cherries and there is a definite hint of carbonic maceration.
Medium to full bodied with a faintly dry feel from well ripened and unaggressive tannins, acidity is perfect and the alcohol shows good ripeness. This structure is nicely balanced by all that lively fruit and the wine is delicious for drinking right now. It is remarkably forward for its young age but should still develop nicely over the next 2-3 years.
Santiago Jordi Martín is a consultant oenologist and president of the Federation of Associations of Spanish Oenologists. The fruit for this wine comes from a vineyard at Prado del Rey where Syrah, Petit Verdot, Tintilla and Chardonnay are grown. His philosophy is to make wine from the small vineyards on poor low fertility soils using traditional methods and varieties with minimal possible intervention. This 2017 is the first release of Cara Cepa and it is a Vino de la Tierra de Cádiz. It is made from Syrah (60%), Petit Verdot (30%) and Tintilla (10%) approximately - a really nice blend - and he makes the wine in such a way as to let the grapes and vineyard shine through. Good wine with loads of up-front fruity charm and good value. Production is 8,500 bottles.