Viña Zorzal Señora de las Alturas Garnacha 2016
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Appellation Navarra DO
Wine Type Red - Still
Varietals 100% Garnacha.
Farming Organic practicing
Vineyard Located in Fitero, the only Navarran village belonging to the Iberian mountains, just in the geological separation between the Sierra de Cameros and the Ebro valley. Señora de las Alturas is a wine from the Pontigos plot, one of Zorzal's two plots with pre-phylloxera Grenache vines. Majority of vines are ungrafted with an average age of 140 years on north facing terrace. The phylloxera devastated our area in 1898, two years later the vineyards began to register. This plot dates from the first year of registration, from 1900 but may be 20 or 25 years older. Vine density is extremely high at approximately 4,000 plants per hectare.
Soil Rocky and stony, with variegated clays (heterogeneous), limestone and composite soils.
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.
Vinification Hand harvesting of the best bunches in 15 kg crates. The grapes are stomped by foot (30% whole cluster) and fermented in open 500L barrels. Alcoholic fermentation takes approximately one month in a combination of concrete and oak tanks using indigenous yeast.
Aging Aged for 12 months in a combination of 300-liter 2 year old used French barrels and 4,500-liter wooden tanks. Gentle clarification and filtration, without stabilization.
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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