Grapes: Garnacha 60% and Tempranillo 40%.
About: named after an insect shown on the label called an Empussa pennata that Laura found while working one day in the vineyard and representative of the rich insect life that can inhabit an organically farmed vineyard. It’s a rich, elegant and complex red from two distinct vineyards on granite soils, made and aged in old American oak barrels, only 800 bottles.
Location: Tietar and Alberche Valleys (Sierra de Gredos, Ávila).
Size: 1 hectare.
Age: planted around 1940.
Soils: granite sands and granite mother rock a few centimetres from the surface.
Exposition: hillsides with south and east orientation.
Altitude: from 645 to 1,090m.
Average yield hl/ha: 10.
Climate: continental, hot summers, dry.
Hand harvested. Garnacha whole bunches are fermented separately from Tempranillo which is de-stemmed and crushed, each by indigenous yeasts. No correction or adding was done. Ferment lasts around one month. After pressing, the wine is racked to age in barrel for 12 months, then blended and bottled without filtering or stabilisation.
Vintage notes 2017
Date Harvested: two different weeks in September.
Bottles produced: 800.
Date bottled: February 2019.
Alcohol %: 15.5.
SO2 Total mg/l: < 5.