Appellation: Vino de España.
About: From local grape variety Malvar, from one hectare of vines planted around 1900. Sees 2 to 3 days on skins in stainless before being moved to amphora. There’s also a stainless steel version of this wine – sometimes.
Location: near Villarejo in the Gredos region.
Size ha: 1.
Age: vines planted around 1900 (records being imprecise in this region).
Farming: Organically grown without need for treatment in most years, given the hot, dry climate in which diseases like mildew don’t take hold. The vineyards are alive with biodiversity of flora, fauna and microbial life, grasses and flowers are allowed to live and flourish, with only those around the vine cut back. This protects the topsoil from erosion from wind and rain (if any) and evaporation of moisture.
Average yield hl/ha: .
Climate: hot in summer, cold in winter, low rainfall.
Bunches are crushed by hand and poured into a small clay jar (amphora). After 2 or 3 days they’re pressed manually in a small basket press and returned to amphora to continue fermenting. There are no additives whatsoever, no added yeasts, no sulfites, and no clarification or filtration. Corks and closure are also 100% natural.
Vintage notes 2016
Yield hl/ha: .
Bottles produced: 1,200.
Date bottled: 2018-02.
Alcohol %: 13.89.
SO2 Total: <20.
Tasting: strikingly intense, exotic and stone fruit aromas, deeply coloured orange, viscous. Not much acidity, but full of impact of texture and energy. Quite tannic, but with vibrant, refreshing acidity. Like nothing you ever tasted.