Vega Grande Tempranillo (Cosecha 2008)

The 2008 vintage has been characterised by abundant rainfall of 394 litres/m2.

The winter rains between October and March (175 litres/m2) provided enough water reserves, causing a vigorous and even budding. The buds developed normally thanks to the mild temperatures in April and a total lack of spring frosts.

In May, the cold and the abundant rain delayed flowering and the growth cycle. During the bloom, the low temperatures and constant rains caused certain bleeding, especially in the tinta de toro variety. As a consequence, the yield per hectare fell by 30%. July and August were fresh, dry and sunny, with almost no water stress for the vineyards, thanks to the abundant spring rains. The low temperatures delayed the ripening of the grape, making the harvest later than usual for recent years.

The mild temperatures from the end of August until mid September allowed for a better and slower ripening of the grape; giving fresh, aromatic musts with intense colours.

The grapes were harvested normally and the grapes were in excellent sanitary condition. Thanks to the fact that they were trained properly along the trellises, the tempranillo variety withstood the pressure of rotting caused by the abundant rains in October very well.

The red wines have an excellent aromatic intensity, with very good acidity and a moderate alcoholic strength, which ensure a perfect wine in the bottle. They are big and persistent in the mouth thanks to the reduction in production yields. Thanks to this balance and sufficient tannic concentration, the wines are suitable for ageing in casks.

  • Strength                         13º                                         
  • Total Acidity               5.0 g/l in tartaric acid                                              
  • pH                               3.61                                        
  • Sugars                   <2 g/l
  • IPT                              55                                           

This wine has been created on the concept of freedom of elaboration based on a careful selection of the best strains of Tempranillo grapes from the best estates of gravelly – sandy soils in the alluvial lands of the River Duero. This variety produces highly aromatic, big, brightly coloured wines, well structured with freshness and intensity. The Syrah and Merlot varieties, which contribute up to a maximum of 15% of the blend, contribute greater structure and complexity.

During the harvest, established by our technical department, only ripe tempranillo grapes that have had a lot of sunshine are accepted. These are stored in 18-kilo crates to prevent the grapes from being damaged. Fermentation is done at a controlled temperature of between 24ºC and 26ºC, with short macerations or periods in the vat of just one week. The malolactic fermentation is carried out in the vat and it is later aged for 6 months in new American oak Bordeaux casks.

Tasting Note

  • Dark, opaque cherry coloured wine.
  • High aromatic intensity, with aromas of ripe black fruit and fine smoked notes, with a background of toasted notes. 
  •  Warm on the palate, meaty, powerful with a presence of tannins, but polished. Moderate acidity, with a long and agreeable after-taste that highlights the oak more clearly.