Red Wine

Beqaa Valley Red (2018)

Technical Information:

Wine: Red
Vintage: 2018

Composition: Tempranillo (34%), Cabernet Sauvignon (33%) & Syrah (33%)
Vineyard: Zahle & North Beqaa
Soil: Clay, silt & gravel
Harvest date: 20, 26 August & 3 September 2018
Harvest: Handpicked
Fermenter type: Stainless steel & concrete tanks
Days on skin: 14 days
Bottling date: 14 & 15 April 2020
Closure: Cork
Technical Data: pH 3.85, TA 2.9 g/l, RS 2.1 g/l
Alcohol content: 14%

Notes: Tempranillo is Spain’s premier red grape, a very old variety that was introduced, it’s been claimed, to the Iberian Peninsula by the Phoenicians more than 3,000 years ago.
Such a claim was enough to compel us to experiment with Tempranillo for the first time in 2018.

We used it in a blend with Cinsault to produce a wonderfully bold Beqaa Valley Rosé; as an oaked single varietal (very promising) expected to be released next year, and here in an un-oaked blend with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

Replacing last year’s Cinsault with the Tempranillo brings something totally new to the table.

This Beqaa Valley Red is darker, more intense… Tempranillo’s characteristic savory notes come to the fore with powerful green cigar leaves coupled by dark and sour cherries, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah add hints of blackberry, black pepper and wonderful floral notes.
A generous wine with a long finish.

Label: An award-winning design by Tarek Atrissi, the color-coded main feature is inspired by vine tendrils and spells “Wardy” vertically in Arabic calligraphy.

Awards and Honorable Mentions:
2020- Concours International Gilbert & Gaillard, France: 90/100 Gold Medal.