Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 50 % and Tempranillo 50%.
Appellation: DOP Utiel-Requena.
Vineyard: Tempranillo comes from the plot called “Viña Norte” (5 ha) and Cabernet Sauvignon, from the one named “El Duende” (4 ha). Planting pattern 2800 vines per ha. High density and leaf surface treillis. Sandy soil with abundance of silt (Tempranillo) and sandy loam soils, active limestone 6% from glacis of the quaternary on clay loams of the tertiary (Cabernet Sauvignon).
Altitude: 715 m (Tempranillo), 680 m (Cabernet-Sauvignon).
Harvest: by hand in small crates of 15 kg from 5th until 8th October (Tempranillo) and from 13thuntil 17th October 2011 (Cabernet Sauvignon).
Winemaking: each grape variety is fermented separately. Maceration for three weeks. Malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels from the center of France, fine-grained and slightly toasted (Boutes).
Aging: 16 months in second-use French oak barrels (fine-grained) from Allier forests (Boutes): Cabernet Sauvignon and third-use American oak barrels (Magreñan): Tempranillo.
Bottling: on May 2014. This wine has not undergone any stabilization treatment to preserve its natural qualities, so decanting is recommended.
Total production: 7 000 bottles.
Tasting notes: opaque cherry red colour. Intense and highly concentrated aromas, ripe black fruit with hints of jam and marmalade, smoky oak, spicy hints of clove and pepper. Strong end, especially liquorice and fennel. The palate is tasty, fleshy, with ripe and very rounded tannins. Nice hints of very well integrated oak, with sweety notes and a spicy and mineral background. Long aftertaste.
Food pairing: all kinds of red meats and game, spicy stews, cheeses, foie gras, pates and intense flavored cold cuts.
Temp. of service: 16-18ºC
Formats: 75 cl. / 6 or 12 bottles.
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