In a nutshell: A bright, juicy Garnacha from high altitude vineyards in the remote region of Aragon in north east Spain.
The lowdown: Sommelier turned winemaker David Seijas, set up Gallina de Piel in order to showcase some qood quality, versatile wines from his patch of northern Spain. This red, Mimetic, is made from old vine Garnacha grown high up in Aragon where the climate is pretty arid with hot days and cool nights being the norm during the growing season. The wine was fermented and aged on its lees for six months in concrete tanks. The result is a ripe and spicy wine with notes of plum, blueberries and a herby hint of mint and thyme in the background. Impressively lively, it's a good Aragonese expression of Garnacha.
When to drink: Ideal to drink just with nibbles, or it pairs well with roast spring lamb.
Gallina de Piel is an exciting winemaking project from David Seijas, the former Head Sommelier at three-Michelin-starred restaurant El Bulli in Catalonia prior to its closure back in 2011. Since then, among many other things, he started up the winemaking project of Gallina de Piel in 2017. Davids aim is to create versatile wines from Spains gastronomic northern regions which he knows well: Catalonia, Aragon and Galicia. He works with local growers, selecting the best vineyards and indigenous grape varieties to create wines with an emphasis on elegance and freshness. The results are a small but pretty impressive range of wines which have an emphasis on freshness and elegance.