El Inquilino Rioja 2016
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Region Rioja Alta
Appellation Rioja DOCa
Wine Type Red - Still
Varietals 90% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha.
Farming Organic practicing.
Vineyard Vineyards located in Najerilla valley in La Rioja Alta, average age 35 years old.
Soil Stony and sandy topsoil on clay.
Viticulture All vineyard work is done by hand, native plants are used as ground cover, and they fertilize with compost to improve the vine’s resistance to diseases. Vines are Vaso (bushed) planted.
Vinification The grape were harvested by hand when they reached optimum ripeness in each single vineyard. The grape clusters are transported to the winery in small boxes. 25% whole cluster fermentation. Only indigenous yeast for the fermentation of all Zorzal and Inquilino wines. Fermentation occurs in 10,000 liter stainless steel vats. Soft pressing and pumping over occurred in tank.
Aging Aged for 6 months in 2 year old 228 and 400-liter french oak barrels.
Notes 2016 harvest was smaller due to the drought that characterized this vintage and the millerandage of garnacha grape. Yields were lower also in the other varieties. The drought was slightly relieved in mid-September, This rain and the beginning of cooler nights made the grapes undergo a great technological improvement. It was a slow and selective harvest. Grapes arrived in the winery in an excellent sanitary condition, so the quality factor of this vintage was clearly this natural selection that made the smaller amount of grapes harvested were of excellent quality.
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