The grapes to produce Syrah “El Campeon” Bodegas Paniza were carefully selected before being macerated for several days to extract colour, flavour and aromatics. Fermentation took place at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks, with several rackings per day to separate the solids from the juice. Syrah “El Campeon” Bodegas Paniza went through malolactic fermentation and was clarified, stabilised and filtered prior to bottling. The wine was made without any oak influence to deliver the finest expression of the Syrah grapes and the DO Cariñena terroir.
The vineyard is situated in a hilly terrain at the base of the Iberian Mountains in North East Spain. The climate is continental with warm, dry summers and cool, windy winters. The vines are grown at an elevation of 700 metres, where the warm days are countered by cooler evenings, which create long ripening periods for the grapes allowing them to build up rich fruit flavours during the warmth of the day, balanced by natural acidity from the cool nights. The soil and subsoils are characterised by the great diversity of its geological composition. In the lower areas the soils comprise brown-limestone, sandstone and clay, at higher altitude the vines are older and the soils have a higher slate content.
Bodegas Paniza is located in DO Cariñena in the Aragón province of Spain. Established in 1953, it combines tradition with innovation and over the past 10 years it has significantly invested in its state-of-the-art modern winemaking facilities. Bodegas Paniza has over 3,000 hectares of vineyard and cultivates native Spanish varieties alongside international ones. Situated at an average altitude of 700 metres’ elevation, the vines are influenced by a high diurnal temperature difference. The resulting wines are fresh, elegant and aromatic and are truly expressive of the Cariñena terroir.