Casa Balaguer is an x-ray of the terrain of the Balaguer farm and the possibilities of its varieties (70% Monastrell, 10% Syrah, 10% Merlot, 5% Tempranillo, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon).
It is a robust wine, which shows the aging in new barrels, with a marked tannin but well integrated in the set, fresh if you take into account the varieties and the climatology of the area. Its decomposed stone soil, poor in organic matter, is austere and is well appreciated in the tasting process. It has memories of wet stone that evoke the humidity of the morning in contrast with the high temperatures of the day, boulder and chalk of this wine tell us of a wine of marked mineral profile, very terroir.
Vineyards located in Villena, at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level. Environmentally friendly cultivation, no herbicides or systemic products are used. Age of vineyards between 15 and 50 years.
Manual harvest in boxes of 15 kilos made during October / November.
Varieties are fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. 15/20 days of alcoholic fermentation with temperature and malolactic control in French oak and stainless steel tank.
Aging 16 months in French oak. Uncleaned and unfiltered bottling.
Red cherry. Nose of cherries in liquor, chocolate, plums, balsamic souvenirs, aniseed, chalk, stones.
Mouth concentrated to ripe fruit and wild grass, moist soil, chalk, roasted, opulent and elegant, good acidity. The refined and polished tannins have a velvety texture and very good freshness while the oak is very well integrated into the wine.
Consumption, now and until 2024 in optimal conditions of conservation.
Pairing with meats, game stews, spoon dishes and cheeses.
Rafa Bernabé Aguilar is an alicante producer with a nice project that seeks honest, terroir wines. The reds come from Finca Balaguer in Villena and the whites of La Mata, in Torrevieja.
When Rafa Bernabé began to plant his vineyard, the varieties that were demanded in the zone were those of French origin. Over time, it began to give more importance to the indigenous varieties, the ones that no one took care of in the area. On top of any variety, they are more interested in the quality of the soil, but it seems clear that the varieties that are of the site give better results.