The greatness of Garnacha is never realised as well anywhere as in Gredos. Head West from Madrid and you'll find yourself in the high altitudes of the Sierra de Gredos. Clusters of very old bush vines dot its hillsides between huge granite rocks and alpine scrub.
On these sandy, granitic slopes 4Monos (four monkeys) organic viticulture make utterly terrior-transparent wines. Garnacha and Cariñena become floral, herbaceous, lifted and crystalline - more in common with Pinot than their Southern French counterparts. Whole cluster ferments with native yeasts and large old oak ageing amplify the elegant expression of a unique place.
Car comes from a unique parcel of 30-year-old Cariñena planted in sand over granite bedrock, in the great cru of “Arroyo del Tortolas” within the western corner of the appellation. The grapes are hand-harvested, fermented with wild yeasts using 100% whole grape clusters and a 40-day maceration, and then raised in used 300-liter barrels for 14 months. At 12% alcohol, this wine shows the potential for this grape to thrive here, with great freshness, precision, and depth of flavour.