Origin of the name: stone wall serving to contain the rainwater that could flood these pronouced slope vineyards.
Grape varieties: Merlot 90% and Tempranillo 10%.
Appellation: DOP Utiel-Requena.
Vineyard: grapes come from the plot “Viña Hormas Merlot” (4.5 ha). Planting pattern 3200 feet per ha. High density and leaf surface treillis. Clayey and lime soil with a lot of river stones.
Altitude: 750 m.
Harvest: manual in boxes of 10 kg at the end of September 2016.
Winemaking: each grape variety is fermented separately with a cold maceration for 3 weeks. Malolactic fermentation in oak barrels from central France (Boutes), fine-grained and lightly toasted.
Aging: 14 months in French oak barrels (Boutes), fine-grained and lightly toasted.
Bottling: the wine has not undergone any stabilization treatment to preserve its natural qualities, so decanting is recommended.
Tasting notes: deep-red colour. The wine’s thick legs come to tint the glass, which gives an idea of its density. The nose is intense and delicate, with hints of wild black fruits, spices, balsamic notes, all wrapped in a soft touch of fine wood. The palate is smoothy, mouth-fulfilling and creamy, very elegant with a great fruity sensation. It is long and pleasant, with great balance. To drink and enjoy now, or save for later.
Food pairing: all kinds of meats, blue fishes, spicy stews, semi-soft and aged cheeses, foie gras, pates and cold cuts.
Alcohol: 14.5% vol.
Temp. of service: 16-18ºC
Formats: 75 cl. / 6 or 12 bottles.
Awards and ratings:
INTERNACIONAL CHALLENGE GILBERTO & GAILLARD (2019): 90Pts