Most of the Moncayo wines tend to sell for higher prices, but the 2016 Alto Moncayo Veraton is their least expensive cuvee , overseen by famous Barossa Australian winemaker Chris Ringland. Made from 100% Grenache, it was aged in 60% new French oak and 40% American oak barrels for 16 months prior to bottling without filtration.
This is a 1,500-case cuvee that is pedal-to-the-metal material, as one might expect from Ringland. With an opaque ruby/purple color, beautiful blackberry, charcoal and oaky notes are followed by a modern-style wine with huge fruit, big body, sweet tannin and a long finish. Drink it over the next 5-6 years. These wines are made by Australian winemaker Chris Ringland and emerge from one of the finest sources of Old Vine Grenache in Spain, the Bodegas Alto Moncayo. The more expensive wines are called Alto Moncayo and Aquilon. Founded in 2001 in Campo de Borja, the winery has 210 acres of primarily ancient Grenache planted on mountain hillsides, most with a southerly exposure. The soils tend to be a complex mix of clay, slate, quartz, chalk and other minerals. The youngest of the vines were planted in 1967 and the oldest vineyards date back to 1910.