Created in 1996 in the town of Moixent, Celler del Roure is one of the most exciting wineries in southern Spain. Nestled under Sierra La Solana at 600 meters above sea level, the naturally farmed property is managed by winemaker Pablo Calatayud. He is the latest in a long line of grape growers to covet this land. The first vines were planted here over 2,400 years ago! The wine cellar itself was built 300 years ago, and still houses 97 buried clay jars ranging from 600-2800 litres. Upon founding the winery, Calatayud set about restoring these time worn wine vessels. So far 20 have been unearthed, restored, and put back into service.
This wine is made from a distinct cuvée of Mandó Tinto and a small percentage of Garnacha Tintorera. Also grown in Catalonia, where it is known as Garró (meaning a pig’s ankle), Mandó is a nearly extinct variety. Made from hand harvested and partially destemmed grapes, the Safrà was macerated for 12 days on the skins and vinified with natural yeasts in a combination of lagars (a traditional stone vessel for fermenting wine) and stainless steel tanks. Maturation took place over 6 months in 2600 litre clay jars.
Spanish for saffron, the Safrà channels Mandó’s wild and herbaceous character. Medium garnet in colour, it expresses untamed aromas of wild mulberries, red currants, garrigue, and black pepper. Medium bodied with poised freshness, the palate is dominated by feral red fruits and fine tannins. Culminating in an earthy dried fruit finish, it is a distinct cuvée that continually develops in the glass.