Jose Ramón Gago
Monastrell, Garnacha Tintorera, Cabernet Sauvignon
56 hectare of vineyards, farmed organically. (Expecting to be certified in 2020). Planted between 1968 and 1998. Extremely shallow soils characterized by a high proportion of rock composed almost entirely of limestone. The limestone mother rock lies about a meter below the surface.
Bodegas Sierra Salinas was originally founded in 2000 by a respected winemaking family from Yecla who fell in love with the high altitude terrain surrounding the town of Villena in Alicante. MGWines Group, formed by the Miñano Gomez family, purchased Bodega Sierra Salinas in 2013, including the 56 hectares (142 acres) of vineyards owned by the bodega. The family also purchased the winery, with its modern facility built in 2006 over three stories as a gravity flow facility.
Since being acquired MGWines Group in 2013, the current management and winemaking team have dedicated the focus of the project on the vineyards, converting all of their land under vine to organic farming, which is in the process of becoming certified. Extraction has been reduced, so has the use of new oak during the winemaking process. The entire facility was designed in 2006 as a gravity flow winery, which allows the winemaking team to vinify an elegant and composed expression of Alicante Monastrell, with the lush fruit and power characteristic to the variety, but with less alcohol and more acidity than what is typically found in the area.
This is due in large part to the location of Sierra Salinas’ vineyards, as well, which are all located between 650M and 680M above sea level, the highest vineyards possible in Alicante. These altitudes are responsible for dramatic changes in temperature between day and night, resulting in more restrained and elegant aromatics, and higher acidity. Furthermore, the soils are poorer in the mountains, dominated by stone and broken limestone.