We enjoyed good canopy development, production levels were normal, and there were no weatherrelated setbacks. Bud break was slightly early and the growing cycle was further brough forward over the ensuing months up to the ripening stage. Magnificent weather in September and early October, with significant temperature gaps between day and night and good solar radiation, induced optimally protracted ripening. The selected grapes arrived at the winery with superb sensory quality. Officially rated as ‘Excellent’.
100% Tinta del País from the estate-owned Fuentecojo, Otero, Joven and La Cueva vineyards surrounding our winery in Anguix, Burgos. They are planted on silt loam soils located at an altitude close to 780 meters above sea level. We harvest the grapes manually, first thing in the morning, when the temperatures are lower, cutting only those clusters that have reached optimal and are in perfect condition, preserving the integrity of the grains until they come into the winery in 20 kg boxes.
After passing through the sorting table and gentle destemming and crushing, followed by a few days’ cold soak, the grapes were placed in tanks where alcoholic fermentation took place. After 18 days fermenting, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels, with weekly bâttonages. The wine was aged for 22 months in French oak barrels, 70% in new wood and the rest in barrels with two wines. The wine was racked three times employing traditional methods. Bottled in May 2018.
Bright, full-depth, intense garnet-red with a dark-cherry red rim. The nose stands out for its underbrush, dark fruit (red currants, blackberries, blueberry jam and dark plums, rounded by a pleasant background of mocha, pastry, spices, black pepper, liquorice and cloves. Well-balanced, vibrant, fresh mouthfeel, with refined, amiable tannins, typical of these Ribera del Duero wines. The finish is fresh, with nerve, yet pleasantly round.
We particularly recommend enjoying the new Áster vintage with charbroiled meat, large game, lamb and cured cheese.