|||D.O. Rioja – Cellar Marques de Caceres
Grape variety: 100% Tempranillo
Alchoolic strength: 14%
Harvest: 100% manual, parcel by parcel. This takes place as the grapes reach maturity, which means having to return to some of the vineyards several times depending on the exposure of the vine stocks or if these are planted at different altitudes.
Vineyards: A selection of vineyards that are from 20 to 35 years-old. Vineyards selected exclusively in and around Cenicero (Rioja Alta), from both higher and cooler parcels (600m) as well those located on lower grounds (400m). As a result, the Tempranillo grape offers a wide variety of characteristics, in keeping with our area’s diverse geography.
Winemaking: The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed. Alcoholic fermentation and long skin-contact maceration for 25 days in stainless-steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 25-28ºC. Malolactic fermentation in stainless-steel tanks.
Total time in barrels: 14 months in medium-toasted French oak barrels that add mild complexity and delicious tannins.
Ageing in bottle: 12 months minimum before release.
Dense colour combining ruby red with darker highlights. A bouquet of blackcurrants with a touch of liquorice softened by creamy, vanilla notes. These sensations gain intensity in the mouth enriched by delicious tannins that pass through with a soft hint of pepper. Good length and elegant structure.
Food pairing: Ideal with pasta, rice, white meat, semi-cured cheeses. Serve at 16-17ºC