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“Minerality and Singularity”

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Mazuelo.

VINTAGE

2016

VINIFICATION

Manual grape harvest of each grape variety in small ten-kilogram tubs. Cooling in cold room until the temperature of the grapes goes down to 3 °C. Double selection of clusters and grains, with mild destemming and crushing. Individual vinification of grapes from El Castaño and Martinete. Gravity-fed into French oak vats with no pumping. Cold macerated and fermented for 18 days with native yeast strains. Gravity racked to new French oak barrels before malolactic fermentation.

AGEING

14-month stay in new French oak barrels from different cooperages, with different toasting levels and origins, without racking and remaining over lees until bottled, with periodic bâtonnages during the first months. The wine is bottled without filtering or fining, so a small amount of natural precipitate may appear over time.

THE BOTTLE

Our bottle is inspired in an original eighteenth-century bottle that is on exhibit at the Vivanco Museum of the Culture of Wine.

TASTING NOTES

Deep purple, with a garnet-red rim inking the glass. Intense aromas of ripe black and red fruit (blackberries, raspberries), underbrush, fresh herbs and coffee, all of it enveloped by an earthy, mineral component. In the mouth, it is very fresh, fruity and balsamic, with soft tannins and a long, powerful, complex, persistent finish.

PAIRING

Stews, pulses, meat casseroles and all kinds of char-grilled meat.

EL CASTAÑO (AGONCILLO) Y MARTINETE (ALBERITE)

The year was marked by a cold, dry winter. Repeated frosts, with sub-zero temperatures most nights dried out the land, leaving the vines with a water shortage, forcing us to carry out some painstaking work in the vineyards to control canopy growth. High temperatures in spring and summer made up for the low temperatures of previous months. Total rainfall was 370 l/m2 and the average temperature was 12.8 °C, practically identical to the previous vintage.

Late green pruning in both plots was carried out to reduce plant vigour and control berry size. Double green pruning (before and after veraison) in both plots improved grape ripening.

There was no tipping to increase leaf surface exposure and assure better ripening. Both plots are kept with a ground cover  to curb vigour. The harvest began on 26 October in El Castaño and on 28 October in Martinete.

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