Type of wine.Red wine, highly expressive. Meticulous selection from the best zones on each plot of our vineyards.

Varieties. Carbernet Sauvignon 45%, Garnacha 20%, Tenpranillo 20% and Merlot 15%

Vineyards.The season began with a hard winter. Spring was warm and very dry. The daytime temperatures in early summer aided the concentration of the compounds of the skin, and the mild end of summer helped maintain hight acidity and resulted in a perfectly healthly harvest carried out sligthtly later than usual. Throghout the cycle, total rainfall was only 250 litres, but the depht of the roots of these already mature vines (20 and 40 years) enabled them to extract water from the deepest strata of the Cérvoles soil.

Exposure.As a result of the scarce rainfall, the selection of buds after the spring and the cluster thinning in summer prior to véraison were very specific. We chose the small areas of our vineyads where the ground was deepest, a characteristic which encouraged ripening and ensured a perfect balance between complexity and the character of Cérvoles .

Altitud.Our plots are at an altitude of 700 and 750 m, protecting the aromes producted by extreme heat and, in particular, ensuring the temperature contrasts produced by the typically cool nights of the mountainous area of Les Garrigues where Cérvoles is located.

Soils.Clay-loam soil, combined with plentiful gravel, provides balance in the water drainage/retention in lower levels of the sub-soil. The structure of these soils, together with this year’s low levels of rainfall, 250 l/m2, provides a scarce water supply which transmits to the vines the water stress necesary in quality wine production.

Harvest.Manual, with a meticulos selection of bunches. The ‘08 harvest was perfectly healthy with extraordinary ripening. The Tempranillo was picked in mid-September, and the Merlot at the end of the same month. The Garnacha was harvested at the beginning of October, and the Cabernet Sauvignon on the 11 of the month.

Fermentation.Above 28 oC. Maceration for 30 days. Regular remontage (pumping over) and manual punching down of the cap. Each grape variety was fermented and aged on tis lees. Malolactic fermentation was carried out in new oak cask.

Ageing.18 months in new French oak casks. The Garnacha and the Tempranillo are aged in casks from Radoux cooperage (Radoux Blend being an extra fine-grained blend), the Cabernet Sauvignon in casks from Taransaud cooperage, and the Merlo in François Frères casks. Regular bâtonnage during the first 5 months to enhance the blend’s viscosity and volume.

Alcoholic content. 14,5% Vol

Tasting notes. Dark cherry red, medium-hight intensity, with highlights of the same hue. Dense, coloured legs. Intense, pleasant nose with aromas evoking the ageing process (cedar,cloves,pepper and dried fruit). Aeration reveals the full aromatic complexity of the wine, with spicy and balsamic notes, black fruit jam,plum,hints of tabacco,aniseed,licore and the mineral touches which characterise Cérvoles. Pleasant,voluptuos mouth feel. On the palate, exceptionally mature tannins,well-integrated. Good acidity adding liveliness and freshness. On the palate, exceptionally mature tannins,well-integrated. Good acidity adding liveliness and freshness. Very long finish with smoky and spicy hints and notes of toasted almond skin and praline.

Estrats 2009 Guia Peñín 93. Estrats 2012 Guia Peñín 95. Estrats 2012 Guia Peñín 95.

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