Menade

For three siblings to work together is a challenge, but the Sanzs – Marco, Richard and Alejandra – seem to pull it off. Marco runs the vineyards and has converted them to organic, Richard is the winemaker with a passion for indigenous varieties and Alejandra handles exports. They have five generations of winemakers behind them but this is their own project, and they started it in 2005. They’ve got 160 ha of vines in production. Some of the grapes are picked at night, for maximum freshness. The entry-level La Casa blend is a soft, ripe, utterly pretty wine; whereas the brace of Antonio Sanz varietals are from 40-year-old vines and are made with some barrel fermentation. They’re deeper and more structured; and V3 is our star, made from 18 plots of pre-phylloxera vines, whole-cluster pressed, fermented with wild yeasts and aged in 500-litre French oak barrels of different ages. It sounds complex and it is. It’s also seamless, perfectly integrated and with great depth.