La Nave 2021
From high-altitude vineyards (900-1000m) featuring 46 year old bush vines. All grapes are cofermented with indigenous yeasts, and aged for 9 months in a combination of foudre, neutral barrel, and flex tank eggs. A truly yummy, scrumptious red - and rather a departure from the styles typically known from this region.
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Size: 750 mL
Grape: Mencia, Garnacha, Tintoera, Palomino
Region: Bierzo, Spain
Vinification: From winemaker Germán R. Blanco : Casa Aurora is a direct tribute to my great-grandmother AURORA GARCÍA – La Señora Aurora -, and an indirect tribute to my village, VILLA DE ALBARES,and to the Bierzo Alto and its people.It is the rescue and recovery of old vines and ways of working. VILLA DE ALBARES is situated in the Bierzo Alto (High Bierzo), an area traditionally recognized for coal and mineral deposits, drained by the Sil and the Boeza rivers. These two rivers divide the Bierzo Alto into two valleys: that of the Sil and that of the Boeza. A wooded region with striking natural contrasts, where the old vineyards are in a constant battle for survival with the chestnuts and oaks that surround them and whose luck resides in the south-facing exposure of the hillsides. Life is not easy in the mountains. The surviving vineyards are planted on iron-rich red clay soils with a high percentage of granite, which is decomposed to a greater or lesser extent, and are situated at altitudes which range between 780m and more than 1000m above sea level. They are made up of a mixture, which could probably be called typical, of varieties such as Garnacha Tintorera and Garnacha which are at least, if not more, important than Mencía itself and where the white variety Palomino (known here as Jerez) is widely planted along with other whites such as Godello or Doña Blanca, the latter two being less prevalent. As a general rule, each vineyard that we rescue tends to have a minimum of 25% white grapes (of which the majority is Palomino) and a further 25% Garnacha Tintorera, the rest being made up predominantly of Mencía. We find them like this, we look after them like this and we vinify them like this. All of our wines are made and aged in our little cellar in the Calle del Olivo en Villa de Albares and they are all made with grapes which we ourselves have farmed organically.