Bobal grape is the main red variety in the D.O. Utiel Requena. This grape variety is only harvested in this area. This grape has medium sized bunches, deep intense colour and thick skin, making full bodied wines very good for aging. These wines have a powerful structure and volume, harmonized by very original sensation in nose and mouth, remembering black and red ripe fruit with some hints of leather. Bobal wines have their own personality identifying the region. Scientifics studies speak about bobal having big amounts of “resveratrol” which is a substance that has many heart benefits. Utiel Requena, due to its altitude (600-750m) and distance to the sea (about 60 km) makes this area perfect for growing Bobal.
Also known as “Planta Nova” is the local grape variety for whites. It ripens very late and its skin hardness helps to extend its life. The harvest is even after the red varieties. Tardana comes from “tardío” what means late in Spanish. Wines are pale yellow colour with some golden brightness. In nose is very intense with fruity aromes. The taste is fresh and balanced, very structured and persistent. The wine resulting doesn’t use to have high alcohol graduation.
Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French words sauvage ("wild") and blanc ("white") due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France.
Depending on the climate, the flavor can range from aggressively grassy to sweetly tropical. In cooler climates, the grape has a tendency to produce wines with noticeable acidity and "green flavors" of grass, green bell peppers and nettles with some tropical fruit (such as passion fruit) and floral (such as elderflower) notes. In warmer climates, it can develop more tropical fruit notes but risk losing a lot of aromatics from over-ripeness, leaving only slight grapefruit and tree fruit (such as peach) notes.
Syrah is a dark-skinned grape variety grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce red wine.
The style and flavor profile of wines made from Syrah is influenced by the climate where the grapes are grown with moderate climates (such as the northern Rhone Valley and parts of the Walla Walla AVA in Washington State) tending to produce medium to full-bodied wines with medium-plus to high levels of tannins and notes of blackberry, mint and black pepper.