A blend of Monastrell 70% and Cabernet Sauvignon 30%.Intense cherry red color. Intense nose of ripe fruit (cassis) and candied fruit, mixed with feelings of roasted coffee and regalizz contributing finesse and elegance. Power, fleshiness, flavor and opulence combine on the palate of this wine, which is slowly growing in the bottle. Crianza 22 to 26 months in barrels.
The grapes for this wine are made from 12 Ha -29.65 acres- of Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards and 32 Ha -79 acres- of very old Monastrell, with a very low yield.
The grapes are harvested with small baskets to prevent bruising. The bunches are brought to triage tables where the best ones are selected. It spends 24 months in French and American new oak barrels where it gets a very typical complexity.
The winery is placed in the Valley of the Aragona, 10 kilometers north of the town of Jumilla, in the “top boundary”, so named because it is the highest altitude in the municipality.
The vineyards, located in the surrounding of the winery are planted on soils mostly of limestone and very stony surface. In the basement, about 30/40 cm. depth is a layer of coarse (medium consistency limestone) that covers the entire vineyard; its thickness ranges between 15 and 30 cm, having under a very sandy soil where the roots extend. The altitude varies from 700 m. and 850 m. above the sea level. They consist of small plots with a total of 32 hectares of the Monastrell variety, with some very old vines -almost centenarians-, 12 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon vines, and 1.8 acres of Syrah planted on hills facing the north.
The first steps of this winery began to bear fruit in late 2001 as a result of the partnership between the Gil family and Chris Ringland, one of Australia’s best winemakers.
The first harvest sold was the 2002 vintage under the brands of El Nido and Clio.