GRAPES: 90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo, 3% Garnacha and 2% Graciano.
VINEYARDS: Within the 300 hectare Ygay estate, surrounding the winery in the southern point of Rioja Alta wine area. There is an altitude difference of 165 metres between the lowest point at 320 metres and the highest peak at 485 metres.
WINEMAKING: Grapes are first de-stemmed and then fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks for 9 days, with constant skin contact. During fermentation pumping over and punching down operations are regularly carried out. These processes ensure both effective and gentle colour and aroma extraction. Afterwards the solid parts of the grapes are pressed in a vertical press. This is a gentle process that extracts colour and ripe tannins from the grape’s skin.
VINTAGE INFORMATION: The fifth consecutive small vintage, 2012 was marked by drought and low yields but the resultant small berries harvested made wines of great concentration and tannin.
TASTING NOTES: Dark intense red brick colour with a mature aroma of mellow red and dark fruits with hint of spicy oak. Full bodied and generous fruit softening as it matures. Lovely finish full of spicy fruit as it starts to soften and mature.