Mad Dogs & Englishmen Carignan Shiraz Tempranillo 2011

Grapes for Mad Dogs & Englishmen grow in an open mountain valley of Extremadura, a well-guarded gem of southern Spain that has only recently been discovered by the outside world. Situated on the boundary between the Continental and Mediterranean climates that divide this region, the vineyards benefit from a unique combination of growing conditions. During the height of the season, the hot, dry summer days and elevated altitude of the Plateau help fully ripen the grapes while cool breezes off the Guadiana River and the Atlantic Ocean balance the fruit”s natural sugars and acidity. When the season shifts toward Fall, low pressure fronts in the area allow hot leveche winds from the desert in Northern Africa to warm the vineyards and prolong the fruit”s hang time. [+]