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Producer: Dominio de FontanaGrape Varieties: Tempranillo 60%, Syrah 40%Optimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Full bodied fruity redAlcohol by Volume: 14.5%Closure: CorkCountry: Spain
An opulent red that is gloriously aromatic, with expressive notes of ripe, red berries from the Tempranillo, enhanced by a touch of pepper from the Syrah, spicy cloves and a subtle hint of vanilla. Concentrated and full bodied on the palate with remarkable freshness and length.
Dominio de Fontana produces superb single estate wines from the DO Uclés, Central Castile. The estate is located in one of the most northern and highest areas of Central Castile, with the vineyards situated at 700 to 900 metres above sea level. The ideal growing conditions at this altitude produce wines of great purity, freshness and varietal expression. The estate is managed as an integrated ecosystem, which includes hundreds of century old Quercus oak trees, and the vines are cultivated sustainably. 50% of the vineyard is grown organically and Dominio de Fontana is working towards 100% in 2019. These are authentic wines with a sense of place and a distinctive Spanish personality.
2015 was characterised by average to low rainfall. Autumn and winter were mild, followed by a dry spring. The summer was very warm, with a heat wave in June that lasted for over three weeks. Temperatures in August fell gradually accompanied by light rain, which helped the vines to recover from extreme hydric stress, resulting in an early harvest with low yields and grapes in excellent condition.
This wine is produced exclusively from the selected parcels of Camino Santa Cruz & El Pozo in the Dominio de Fontana estate; in DO Uclés, Central Castile. These high-altitude vines are sustainably cultivated, without the use of pesticides and minimal treatments are employed. Each variety is carefully managed according to the different soils and growing conditions, in order to achieve perfectly balanced vines, capable of expressing both the character of the variety and the terroir.
The two varieties were picked, de-stalked and fermented separately in stainless steel tanks at approximately 24°C. A post-fermentation maceration took place, with the length of time being individually tailored to the extraction level of each tank. The wines underwent full malolactic fermentation. 30% to 50% of the wine was transferred to mature in American oak barrels for four months.
Superb with grilled red meats, slow roasted lamb shanks or a juicy steak.
Tempranillo 60%, Syrah 40%
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