Appellation: Vino de España.
Cuvée: La Gatta Mormigliana.
Colour: Red.
Grapes: Tempranillo.
About: Possibly, Fabio’s most “Spanish” wine, using the nationally ubiquitous grape, to make a rustic, full-on style of wine that bursts with fruit. The splendid label was designed by an Italian artist who lives in Lisbon and is based on a “scary” children’s tale from Italy about a cat with iron teeth and steel whiskers who lived in a cave and said “Chi vien giù lo mangio” (If you come in, I’ll eat you…).

Vines

Location: El Tiemblo.
Size ha: 0.5.
Age: vines planted in 1995.
Soils: granitic, sandy.
Exposition: north.
Altitude: 750m.
Training: Gobelet (en Vaso in Spain).
Farming: Organically grown without need for treatment in most years, given the 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.

Winemaking
Hand harvested into small 15-20 kg crates, crushed manually, and macerated for about 10 days, then pressed off manually using a hydraulic cage press (at low pressure for quality), then racked to old oak barrels (500 and 600 litres) using an ancient manual pump (manufactured in 1907 in Alcoy, Valencia). Fermented by natural yeasts, unsulphured, no other additives, nothing removed, bottled unfixed, unfiltered.

Vintage notes 2016
Yield hl/ha: 25.
Harvested: September.
Bottles produced: 1,200.
Date bottled: 2018-03.
Alcohol %: 13.29.
SO2 Total: <20.
Tasting: .