Posted on February 16th, 2008
First off the pics…
Now some background for the wine nerds
Grapes: Made from Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Moristel (a local grape, see below).
According to the winery’s website, bodegapirineos.com
Fermentation takes place at controlled temperature( 28ºC) during one week followed by a maceration on the skins for a further 2 weeks. This wine is aged in American oak casks for 12 months and the maturation is completed by a one year period rest in bottle at suitable temperature and humidity.
On the Moristel grape..
This is a grape native to the Somontano region and along with the Parraleta, forms part of the valuable cultural heritage of the area. Until now this grape had only been used in blends with other grapes to give it more body, colour and life in the bottle. Firstly with Parraleta and fundamentally with Tempranillo, these grapes have participated in the elaboration of some of the best Somontano Reds such as Señorio de Lazán or The Montesierra range.Up until now no wines have been commercialised using only the Moristel grape, but now after a profound working study of this variety and a careful selection of only the best Somontano vines of the variety, those which were over 15 years of age, are we able to offer a personalised varietal, unique in the world.
Where can you get it?
I bought it in Lilliput Stores, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7 for €13, though it’s available on spanishwines.ie for €11.99