Appellation: Vino de España.
About: One of four micro-production single vineyard plots of pure Garnacha made in 2017 aged in barrique, then aged 2 years in bottle before release, just 300b each.
Location: Rinconada is 20km from Fabio’s base in El Tiemblo.
Size: a few plants.
Age: planted around 1970.
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: .
Climate: hot in summer, cold in winter, low rainfall.
Hand harvested. De-stemmed and crushed and put in stainless steel. 10 days on skins with one brief gentle punchdown a day just to keep the cap wet. Very gently pressed and moved to an old tinaja for 2 months, then to old oak barrel for six months. 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 2017
Date harvested: Sept 16
Yield hl/ha: 20
Date bottled: 2018-04
Bottles produced: 300
Alcohol %: 15.88
SO2 Total: < 5
Tasting: dense and grippy with tons of energy and emotion, complex aromas of smokey, leather, tobacco infused (I don’t like tobacco but it works as an aroma in Grenache Noir). Tons of character. Manages to be cool and airy at the same time. Wears its alcohol lightly because plenty of freshness.