Wines from a blend of different vineyards of the estate Casa Los Frailes. Fresh, fluid, straight wines expressing the personality of our Meditteranean Monastrell.
The label is a picture taken in 1907 of Velázquez family at Casa Los Frailes estate. This was the 11th generation, currently it is the 13th Generation working at the winery.
Bilogía is the freshness expression of the two Meditteranean grapes, Monastrell and Syrah at Casa Los Frailes estate. A high altitude at 650-700 meters over sea level, a strict dry farming, soils extremely calcareous, and the influence of the Mediterranean Sea makes this wine a very fresh, pleasant and round, wine inviting you to taste again.
Monastrell. Single vineyard “La encina” 650 meters over sea level. Soils sandy and red limestone. Very calcareous soils but very rich in iron which helps to precipitate the active calcareous stones, allowing a good ripening of grapes keeping good acidity levels. The average age of the vineyards is 30 years old in dry agriculture.
Syrah. Single vineyard “Via Augusta”. 660 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 as we can find in Bilogia. Average age is 10 years old in dry agriculture.”
The harvest was manual. Each variety was vinified separately. After a cold maceration pre-fermentation at 2ºC for 3 days to extract more the aromas, the must was fermenting in inox deposits at controlled temperature . Post fermentative maceration took 18 days for Syrah and 22 days for Monastrell. Monastrell was aged in concrete vats during 5 months and after went into oak barrels of 500L and Syrah was aged in oak barrels of 225L for 12 months.
It was a very dry winter, only 50mm of rainfall. However, it was in Spring when very precise and well distributed rains came. Thanks to these rains, the vineyard grew very strong and vigorous, forcing an extreme green pruning to reserve some forces for the end of the cycle.The summer was very dry, however no heat wave impacted us being the average temperatures lower than usual, 24ºC. The draught went on during the months of June and July allowing us only to treat with sulphur and copper once.
We were afraid that it would be an extreme dry summer, but finally it rained in August. These rains refreshed the vineyards and allowed the monastrell renew forces to finish the maturation process during the month of September at fresher and lower temperatures. The harvest started from the 3rd October to the 12th October.
50% Monastrell-50% Syrah
Yield Monastrell: 3.000 kg/hectare
Yield Syrah: 4.500 kg/hectare
Dry, organic and biodynamic agriculture