Our own vineyards, located in the regions of Roa, La Horra and Anguix. A special selection of grapes from the best corners of the estate, in areas of very low production. Hand- grafted vines are planted with vine shoots chosen from older vines in the estate. Vineyards situated at between 820 and 865 m altitude.
Interesting diversity of soils of excellent viticultural qualities. Predominantly older soils, of tertiary origin, poor and with limited levels of organic matter. A light sandy loam texture, with very good airing and drainage conditions. There are corners, or picones as they are called locally, of limey sands with whitish layers providing elegance and finesse.
Totally manual process, meticulously selecting the areas of the estate with the best vines, picking out cluster by cluster from each plant. Small crates of grapes are placed on a sorting table after a time in cold storage.
Deposited in small tanks without pumping, while preserving the origin of each small portion of the selected vineyard, then vinified separately until the end of the process. Slow whole grain fermentation using indigenous yeast. Lengthy maceration, while avoiding over- extraction. Malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels. All movements by gravity, undertaken with the utmost care.
TOTAL TIME IN BARREL
15 months in new and 1 year-old French oak barrels. All fine grain French oak.
AGEING IN BOTTLE
Nearly 2 years ageing in bottle prior to launch date.
Rich colour in this intense, dark and ripe wine. Complex aromas of black fruit, Chinese ink, liquorice, spices and exotic wood. Harmonious and well-balanced. Initially powerful, but softened by ageing in the finest oak and long refinement in bottle. The result is an elegant, vibrant wine, smooth and well-structured wine. To be enjoyed now and very well suited for ageing over the coming decade.
Decanter – 96pts, World Wine Awards (2019 Vintage)