Áster Crianza

Ribera del Duero / Emotion and refinement

  • Red
  • 2014
  • Tinta del País
91
Peñin

Looking to the future

Áster Crianza

2014

Vintage

A year with marked weather oscillations in Ribera del Duero. After a mild winter without frost damage, the spring and summer brought above-average temperatures and lower rainfall figures than normal in the region. In September and October, continuous hot, sunny days provided a well-developed varietal expression and exceptional grape ripening. The resulting wines were notable for their impressive colour intensity and marked expression, their great balance and their tannic potential arising from good polymerization during berry phenolic ripening. All this points to a magnificent longevity.

Vineyards

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. 

Winemaking and ageing

After passing through the sorting table and gentle destemming and crushing, the grapes were placed in tanks where alcoholic fermentation took place at a temperature below 28 °C. After 16 days of fermentation and maceration, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels, with weekly bâttonages over a two-month period. The wine was aged for 22 months in French oak barrels, 70% in new wood and the rest in barrels with two wines. We racked this wine three times employing traditional methods and bottled it in April 2017.

Tasting

Deep, dark cherry red, almost black; clean and bright. Very intense forest berry nose, with, redcurrants, blackberries, violets and fennel leading to a complex background of sweet spices, bay leaves, black olives, liquorice, cedar, incense, tobacco leaves and cocoa powder. Powerful, in the mouth, with great structure and balance; mineral, with a pleasant acidity and creamy tannins providing a delectable, elegant mouthfeel. Long aftertaste with ripe dark fruit, liquorice and bakery notes that leave marked, pleasant final sensations.

Pairing

An elegant Ribera del Duero which pairs well with roasts, spicy stews and aged cheeses.

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