The extreme temperatures and the lack of rainfall made 2002 one of the most difficult years in the last three decades. The harvest started in early October on the Fuentecojo estate with some interruptions due to scattered showers. From the highly selective harvest, completed in stages, we obtained a wine with good colour, medium aroma, with balanced and structured tannins well suited for the ageing process in cask.
100% Tinta del Pais from Fuentecojo. Its limestone soil, with significant sand and clay content, produce well structured and complex wines.
Alcohol content: 13.6 % vol.
Total acidity: 5.45 g/l (tartaric)
Volatile acitidy: 0.76 g/l (acetic)
Serving Temperature: 18º C
Decant 30 minutes before serving.
Production and Ageing
After carefully harvesting the grapes by hand, they underwent a manual selection process in the winery. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation were complete by the end of December. The wine was stored at a controlled temperature in stainless steel vats and was then transferred to the oak casks in May 2003. It was aged in new French (60%) and American (40%) oak casks which are on average two years old. After 24 months, the wine was transferred to the vats for a process of homogenisation and bottled in June 2005.
Colour: Bright cherry with hints of something darker, combined with the lighter edge from the oak ageing.
Palate: Clear yet complex aroma, dominated by spices, sweet liquorice and cedar, with underlying wild berries. Well structured and balanced on the palate, with rotund, silky tannins. Long, intense finish derived from the perfect combination of both cask and bottle ageing.
A wine for main dishes and roasts (lamb, suckling pig, etc.), peppered spicy stews and smoked and cured strong cheese.