Appellation: Vino de España.
About: Fabio’s version of Spain’s most planted and native grape variety. So this is what it really tastes like!
Location: 2 parcels in Morata de Tajuña, about 20km south east of Madrid, 125km from El Tiemblo.
Size: 1h and 0.6ha.
Age: planted around 1980.
Soils: poor limestone.
Farming: Organically grown. No pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, or chemical fertilizer No use of copper or sulphur. No ploughing. All plants, grasses, flowers allowed to grow. The climate means 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: 20.
Climate: hot in summer, cold in winter, low rainfall.
Bunches are crushed by hand and put into stainless steel tank to macerate for 4 days. Pressed manually in a small basket press and returned to stainless steel to continue fermenting. Stays there until bottling 5 months later. No additives whatsoever, no added yeasts, no sulfites, no clarification, no filtration. Corks and closure are also 100% natural. Bottles are lightest on market, recycled.
Vintage notes 2019
Harvested: October 12/13
Bottles produced: 3,000
Date bottled: 2020-03
Alcohol %: 12.6
SO2 Total: < 5
Tasting: oily, earthy, aromas of essential oils of herbs like thyme and rosemary, not fruity, some lemon, clean and well balanced and interesting.