Áster Finca El Otero

Ribera del Duero / Emotion and character

  • Red
  • 2014
  • Tinta del País

Typicity and full minerality

Áster Finca El Otero

2014

Vintage

On our estate, there was good canopy development and excellent setting and berry ripening throughout the growing cycle. In September and October we enjoyed remarkably sunny and hot days, with temperatures higher than usual, which resulted in exceptional phenolic ripening. The grapes arrived at the crush pad in impeccable condition, with a good balance between acidity and potential alcohol and high colour intensity, essential parameters to make wines for ageing

Vineyards

100% local red grape, Tinta del País, from El Otero plot in Anguix (Burgos).

Winemaking and ageing

We harvested Finca El Otero first thing in the morning, taking advantage of the area’s habitual low temperatures. This enabled us to carry out a natural cold soak for 8 days. After this time, alcoholic fermentation started spontaneously and concluded in 15 days. The wine was then transferred to French oak barrels again where it completed malolactic fermentation over a three-month period with weekly bâttonages to stir the lees. After this phase, we carried out a selection of the best barrels which were transferred to French oak and aged for 16 months with two traditional-style rackings. The wine was bottled in June 2016.

Tasting

Very deep, intense, dark cherry red, with a garnet rim. Clean. Penetrating nose with aromas of stewed dark fruit, hints of underbrush, aniseed and spices underscored by notes of buns, coffee beans, toffee, mocha and black liquorice. Outstandingly wide structure in the mouth, with a good balance between acidity and alcohol content; mature and elegant tannins providing a powerful yet friendly mouthfeel. Big finish, with notes of black liquorice, fruit compote and toffee, for an unforgettable memory

Pairing

A powerful and elegant Ribera del Duero to enhance red meat dishes, roast lamb and aged cheeses.

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