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Cien y Pico 'Knights-Errant' 2009

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Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and dark cacao chocolate. Hints of cinnamon, spice and exotic smells of fresh black pepper. On the palate there is strong but soft, intense blackberry fruit - a velvet glove over an iron fist. Dark leather and dry cocoa tannins and an almost chocolate truffled palate, supported by creamy blueberry cheesecake and fresh, uplifting pure blackberry.

Brand: Cien y Pico
Wine: Cien y Pico 'Knights-Errant'
Grape: Garnacha Tintorera
Type: Red wine
Style: Rich & spicy red
Food Match: Red meat, game & hard cheeses
Alcohol: 14%
Bottle Size: 750ml
Region: Manchuela
Country: Spain

Cien y Pico is an exciting new producer based in Manchuela, a small region in south-eastern Spain. The debut 2007 vintage wines were both awarded Gold Medals at their first outing by the 2010 International Wine Challenge.


The name ‘Cien y Pico’ means ‘hundred and something’ and refers to the age of the ancient Garnacha Tintorera and Bobal vines from which the wines are made. The project is the result of many years of experience in the region and the personal quest of four winemakers (Australian Zar Brooks, his Bulgarian wife Elena Golakova Brooks, Spaniard Luis Juminez García and Italian Nicola Tucci) to preserve the 19th century vineyards.


Cien y Pico comprises four vineyards, all located on the Meseta (or ‘plateau’) of Castilla-La Mancha. With only 300mm of rain per year, the plateau is extremely dry, though the deep rooted, gnarled old bush-trained vines thrive in the low vigour yet limestone rich soils. The mountains surrounding the Meseta offer protection from the icy winters while, in summer, the intense sun at this altitude of nearly 1,000m warms and ripens the grapes to perfection.

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