100% Tinta del país (Tempranillo).
“Finca El Grajo Viejo” (translation – Old rook estate), this single vineyard in the Burgos area of Ribera del Duero; takes its name from the bird “grajo” (rook) that is a staple in Castilian landscapes and very important for viticulturists as it is said that when this bird flies low, temperatures will drop. Planted over 80 years ago, with an altitude of 850 mts above sea level. Very low yield (1,000kg per hectare) of smaller fruits with higher concentration of polyphenols. The grapes were hand picked with the initial selection happening in the vineyard and carried to the winery in small crates (20kg).
ELABORATION AND AGEING
Alcoholic fermentation was carried out on 500 litres barriques, at controlled temperature of 26-28 ºC with daily manual battonage. Maceration lasted 3-4 weeks before devatting unto 225 litres barriques, for the malolactic fermentation and ageing during 18 months. Afterwards it rested on the bottle for another year before released.