Wines from a blend of different vineyards of the estate Casa Los Frailes. Fresh, fluid, straight wines expressing the personality of our Meditteranean Monastrell.
It is a Mediterranean Rose with the elegance and finess provided by the Monastrell. This Spanish grape was imported by the French (called Mouvedre by them) to the Provence region (mainly Bandol) to make one of the most well-known Rose wines in the world. It is fresh wine, spice and a round finish to enjoy any time.
This wine is a blend of different vineyards from the estate Casa Los Frailes at 650 meters altitude. Soils sandy and red and yellow limestone. Very calcareous soils but very rich in iron and magnesium allowing good ripening of grapes keeping also good acidity levels. The vineyards, planted in several plots, aged from 1987, 1988, 1991 and 1992 being the average 25 year old in dry agriculture.
The harvest is manual as the Monastrell is planted in bush vines. It is elaborated by direct press with pneumatic press . The maceration process is over the lees with soft battonages. Malolactic fermentation as well as the ageing is done in ancient concrete vats used by the Friars centuries ago. These concrete vats are ideal due to the porosity of the walls, allowing microxigenation for a reductive grape as the Monastrell.
It was the rainiest winter since 2013, 520 litres until March. The vines grew very vigorously and with strength. In March, there were few days of frost but only impacted the white grape varieties located in the deep of the valley.
A very dry spring and summer together with the strength of the vines, forced us to make a very severe green pruning. This allows the vines to get enough forces for the whole maturation process. Due to the lack of water, no treatment was done.
The hottest June of our history together with the draught derived in a very short and early harvest. Finally, in August it rained and the Monastrell could profit providing some water reserves for the maturation process during September at lower temperatures. The harvest started on the 22nd September and finished 2th October.
Yield Monastrell: 4,500 kg/hec.
Dry, organic and biodynamic agriculture