Wines from a blend of different vineyards of the estate Casa Los Frailes. Fresh, fluid, straight wines expressing the personality of our Meditteranean Monastrell.

Los Frailes
CALIZA
Los Frailes
DOLOMITAS
Los Frailes
RUBIFICADO
1771
Casa los Frailes

Los Frailes Rubificado

Looking for the maritime side of the Garnacha tintorera

Wine description
After the monastrell, the second autochthonous variety from Els Alforins Valley, is the Garnacha tintorera (Alicante bouschet). Within this wine. we have tried to look for the maritime side of this grape variety, looking for a soil which keeps the freshness and acidity. The soil suited better it was the single vineyard of ruby colour soil due to the high content in iron. . In order to respect this personality, we decided to elaborate the wine as the Friars (los Frailes) did at the Estate, limiting to minimum the intervention at the winery and using the same concrete deposits and anfors as the friars used a long time ago.

Soils
Single vineyard called “La casa de aperos” (“the house of tools”). 650 meters over sea-level. It is ruby colour- limestone soil located in the slope of the mountain highly sensitive to erosion. Soils very rich in iron, thus oxidation changes the limestone colour into a ruby-colour: this effect is known as rubification. These soils are deeper and more porous than the dolomites ones, thus allowing larger storage of water. This is essential for a grape variety as Garnacha tintorera no so resistant to draught, as the Monastrell. Aged of the vineyards 13 year old.

Vinification
The harvest is manual. The work at the winery is limit to a minimum: wild yeasts, light battonages, minimum amount of sulphites and light filtration. 50% are whole grapes. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in old concrete deposits from the c. XVIII where the friars used to elaborate wine. Aging the wine for 10 months in old concrete deposits and anfors.

Vintage 2016
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.

Technical information
Variety
100% Garnacha Tintorera
Yield: 4.500 kgs/hectare

Organic certificate
Dry Agriculture

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