Appellation: Arribes
Cuvée: Follaco
Colour: Red
Grapes: Juan Garcia 70%, Tempranillo 30%
About: the entry level red, soft, fresh, pure, light-bodied and low in alcohol but with real flavour, some crunch, a great display of terroir. The name derives from the word Folla for leaf because the region used to be covered in vineyards so people from here were called Follacos and the word is still used. There’s an additional slang use in Spain we’ve heard.

Vines

Location: from several parcels near Fermoselle.
Size ha: 1.
Age: vines planted between 1920 and 2000.
Soils: sand, granite, gravel and quartz.
Exposition: various, on very gently slopes.
Altitude: 640-700.
Training: Gobelet.
Farming: Organic.
Average yield hl/ha: 13-19.
Climate: Mediterranean with an Atlantic influence, cold in winter, hot and normally dry in summer, with cool, fresh nights.

Winemaking

Manual harvest in boxes of 16 kilo, first selection in vineyard and then a selection in the cellar before being put whole bunch un-crushed into plastic tank to ferment. Sees a daily pump over. In effect, a semi-carbonic process. Pressed off in a pneumatic press after 10 to 12 days of maceration to finish ferment and complete malo in 225 L used French oak barrels. Racked, a touch of SO2 added and ages in barrel around 10 months. Very light filtration at bottling, otherwise no stabilisation or clarification and no additives except for SO2.

Vintage Notes 2021
Good vintage. In the Spring, 200m rain fell. Summer was dry with cool nights. Overall it was cooler than 2020, more like 2019 with good quality and quantity. Normally the harvest takes around 3 weeks due to different altitude of the vineyards. However, 3 weeks in 60 mm of rain fell so the grapes from the last week were diluted and lower in alcohol. In style the wines are fruity with great acidity and meant no sulfites was required initially and until after the malolactic.
Yield hl/ha: 16
Harvested: August 18 to September 10
Bottles produced: 6200
Date bottled: 2022-08-22
Alcohol %: 11
SO2 Total: 37
Tasting: 2022-11-19 lovely fresh coffee, earthy, spicy red berry fruit, great entry level, nice astringent tannins