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Juan Carlos Sancha Ad Libitum Maturana Tinta 2010

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Grape Variety: 100% Maturana Tinta
Tasting NotesIntense cherry-red colour with violet rim. Intense aromas marked by ripe black fruit, smoke and spices, with notes of mineral and balsamic. Dense, firm and nicely proportioned. Well-balanced and structured palate enriched by oak notes acquired during ageing. Ideally suited to all kind of meats, cheeses, sausages, and even some fish in sauce.

VineyardBaños de Río Tobía – Rioja Alta, Spain
Age of the Vineyard: 10 years old
Variety story: Maturana Tinta variety was cultivated many years ago, though only in a small way. In La Rioja, 35 vines vines were discovered dispersed in an old vineyard in Navarrete. With the aim to recover this variety, the project I+D "Minor Varieties of Rioja Wines" was developed in collaboration with the University of La Rioja, the Consejo Regulador Rioja D.O.Ca. and the CIDA from the Rioja Government with a focus on the newly recognised Maturana Tinta.
Time of HarvestFirst week of October
Altitude: 565 metres above sea level

Harvest MethodHand harvested in cases of 20 kg. Vineyard production of 5,500 kg/ha.
WinemakingGrapes are destemmed and go directly into 500 litre barrels where alcoholic fermentation takes place for 10 days. Maceration after fermentation for 5 days. Natural malolactic fermentation and ageing in the barrel. The wine is aged for 11 months in new French oak barrels. Production of 17,500 bottles.
WinemakerJuan Carlos Sancha González

Alcohol: 13.0% vol.
Volume: 750 ml
Residual sugars: 2.0 gr/litre
Standard Drinks: 7.7
Peak drinking: Cellar up to 8 years
Best Served: 16°C
Ageing: 11 months in new French oak barrels (Tronçais)