El Senyal Negre 2017

(3 customer reviews)


A luscious fruity red made from Spain’s indigenous Grenache and Carignan grapes including the rare “Hairy Grenache” (Garntaxa Peluda), and with 12 months in a mix of old and new oak barrels.

Voted Best Lightly Oaked Red in Terra Alta Festa Del Vi Wine Competition 2019.



Grenache (60%), Carignan (30%), Downy Grenache (10%)

The Grenache is from 30 year old vines grown at 420m overlooking Vall Major in Batea. The Hairy Grenache (Garnatxa Peluda) and Carignan are from the vineyards at Mas de Cabrera in Gandesa. Both areas are dominated by poor limestone soils. After the hot dry summer promoted early ripening, both the Grenaches were picked early on the 8th and 9th September. The Carignan followed on the 21st of September.

Each grape variety was hand picked separately before undergoing a 5 day cold soak. Individual fermentations followed at up to 24°C in stainless steel, with regular punchdowns. Malolactic fermentation and 12 months maturation was carried out in French oak barrels.

– Alcohol content: 14.5%
– Total acidity: 5.0 g/l as Tartaric
– Volatile acidity: 0.5 g/l
– Residual sugar: 0.5 g/l

Tasting Notes
Very floral nose full of lifted red fruits, violets and vanilla fudge. The palate is all red fruits with plums and strawberries to the fore. Mouthfilling but smooth and approachable rather than tannic.

Food Pairing
As well as the traditional ‘steak frites’, BBQ ribs and chops, it also pairs well with beef carpaccio, duck and roast lamb.

Serving Suggestions
The wine is ideally served at 16-18°C. It will benefit from decanting shortly before serving, particularly as it ages. It will continue to evolve over the next 5-10 years.

3 reviews for El Senyal Negre 2017

  1. dandoherty (verified owner)

    Big lover of all these wines with El Senyal being my number 1 choice for everyday drinking (lá xispa being kept for special days) Its big and bold yet still bursting with fruit, the finish is long and satisfying – a must buy!!!

  2. Christopher Lynch (verified owner)

    An elegant blend of fruit and oak….a classically Spanish wine! Thinking roast lamb in some dark-wooden Posada in Spain! Sundays were made for El Senyal!

  3. Nick G (verified owner)

    El Senyal Negre is a classy wine for the price, lots of character and fruit without being too overpowering – very elegant actually. It has red meat written all over it for pairing.

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