Masusta, Garnacha, Navarra, Spain
Although there are significant historical differences, Navarra is effectively a north-eastern extension of Rioja and is centred on the great bull-fighting town of Pamplona. Like Rioja, it benefited from Bordeaux's misfortunes in the late 19th century.
The star of the show in Navarra is the Garnacha grape and this is exactly what the Masusta is made up of. Garnacha is actually the second most-planted red-wine grape variety, surpassed only by its modern blending partner Tempranillo. It is grown in almost every area of Spain, but most notably in the north and east – it is the key constituent in the prestigious wines of Priorat. The arrival of the grapevine pest phylloxera to the Iberian Peninsula in the 19th Century brought unexpected benefits to Garnacha. We think Navarra much like many Spanish regions has a bright future ahead of it due to the technology and investment being put into the region.
We are always on the lookout for wines from this region and we think this is a cracking representation of the grape. Masusta comes from a 60-year-old vineyard in the area of Carcar (high bank of Navarra) whose landscape captivated its winemaker Luis Moya. After working several years in a cooperative in the area, Luis decided to make his first wine. Masusta sits in the Basque and takes its name from the huge bramble that is in the middle of the vineyard. It’s rich and is one of those wines that keeps on rolling with flavour.