Wines from a blend of different vineyards of the estate Casa Los Frailes. Fresh, fluid, straight wines expressing the personality of our Meditteranean Monastrell.
1771 Casa Los Frailes is made with the oldest bush vines of 75 years-old Monastrell located in a calcareous soil, very poor and little evolved. 1771 is the year that our ancestors purchased the estate in public auction from the King Charles III of Spain who in turn had expropriated it to the Friars (Frailes in Spanish, that is the reason the estate is known as Casa Los Frailes). The label is a reproduction of the original contract that we, as the 13th generation, still are keeping it.
It is a Monastrell from original clones inherited from generation after generation, adapted to our soil and Mediterranean climate. It is a singular Monastrell, light skin, no much colour, delicate, elegant, fresh and exceptional long tasting.
Single vineyard called “Ribazal”. Monastrell bush vines at 650 meters over sea level. White limestone and sandy soils (white rendzina) on top of a plinth of lacustrine limestone. Extremely limestone soils, with little iron but with silica good levels, which reduces the limestone activity so vineyard roots can dig deep. Even in very dry years, vineyards stand still and the cycle of the vine is not stress. These soils bring freshness and minerality. 75 years old vines.
The harvest is manual and by small boxes. After a careful selection of the grapes in the field and in a selection table, a cold maceration pre-fermentation starts at 2ºC for 3 days to extract more the aromas. Post fermentative maceration takes about an average of 25 days working with lees and soft battonages. The aging is in 700L French oak barrels of 1st year for 12 months.
In general, we can say that it was a warm year, high temperatures and low rains.
No much rain in winter and a warm spring force to a very early blooming of the vines. Due to the lack of water, the vine was quite weak and the number of grapes very reduced. This allows to the vines to keep reserves for the maturation process.
As the summer was really dry, the sanitary conditions were perfect. No treatment was need during spring and summer.
Yield: 1,200 kgs/hectare