CRIANZA 2013 – Villa d’Orta

Vineyard

Terroir: semi-arid climate with low rainfall, the soil is made of sandstone, clay, limestone and alluvial deposits. These are often rocky soils with low fertility, but with good drainage. The altitude of the vineyards varies between 425 and 450 meters.
Grapes: 30 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 15 % Merlot , 25% Tempranillo and 30% Moristel.
Average age of vines: 35 years 
Yield:  30 HL / ha
Grade: 13,5%
Total acidity: 3.13
PH: 3.13
Free SO2: 32
Residual sugars: 2.7
Year: 2013
Appellation: D.O SOMONTANO

Available in Quebec at SAQ

Winemaking

Handpicked Moristel and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, mechanically harvested for the Merlot and Tempranillo. The grapes are de-stemmed. Fermentation takes place over a period of about 15 days at 18 C during the first 3 days, thereafter at 23 C for a week to finish at 29 C in the last days of fermentation. 4 daily pumping with intake of oxygen allow for complete fermentation. Once the wine is finished, we transfer the young wine in the press. After pressing the grapes, the wine is transferred into French oak barrels to age for at least 12 months in the cellar, with a minimum ratio of at least 30% new barrels.

Tasting

Full-body wine of Spain. The CRIANZA wines are aged in barrels for a minimum of six months and can not be marketed until at least 2 years. Intense ruby color with a thin garnet rim. In the palate, there is a combination of very ripe black fruits and spicy aromas of toasted oak. This is a well-balanced and well structured wine with a lasting finish. At our Bodega, we age our Crianza for one year in French oak barrels (with a ratio of 30 % in new barrels), then for another 12 to 24 months in bottle. This wine is perfect for red meat, game, pasta and strong cheeses. Use a decanter to allow this wine to breathe. Serve at 18° C.