This wine is produced from a selection of best grapes from the 90 year old Fuente Santa vineyard. They come from lower yielding vines averaging 3,500 kg/ha. All grapes were manually harvested into small boxes. The wine was fermented in a 5,000 kg wooden vat with native yeasts and saw 15 days contact with skins. After fermentation the wine was racked to oak barrels and underwent a natural malolactic fermentation. The wine was then aged for 20 months in 100% New French oak barrels. Bottled unfiltered and without clarification.
The 2012 Astrales “Christina” bottling is a ripe and very, very classy bottle of wine in the making. This too is listed at 14.5 percent octane, but the old vine depth of fruit here carries its new wood very nicely indeed and there is a ton of promise here on both the nose and palate! The bouquet offers up an adolescently complex and very pure blend of black cherries, plums, chocolate, lead pencil, dark soil tones, cigar smoke and cedary, smoky new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and beautifully balanced, with a sappy core, fine focus and grip, moderate tannins and lovely length and nascent complexity on the finish. A touch of the backend tannins here are also derived from the barrels, but there is more than ample depth of fruit to absorb them with a bit more bottle age and this will be a lovely bottle in the fullness of time. 2022-2050. Jan/Feb 2017
(malolactic fermentation and 20 months of aging in new French oak barrels): Bright purple. Heady, oak-spiced aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, incense and smoky Indian spices. Sappy, expansive and alluringly sweet, with deeply concentrated boysenberry and vanilla flavors given lift and spine by juicy acidity and an intense mineral quality; at once rich and nervy. Finishes with smooth tannins and outstanding thrust. From a single plot of vines reportedly planted over 90 years ago. 2020 – 2025 Central Spain: Tempranillo and Beyond
Licorice, mineral and sanguine flavors frame a deep well of currant and blackberry notes in this expressive red. Muscular tannins and balsamic acidity support the broad texture, giving way to floral and espresso details. Flamboyant. Best from 2017 through 2027. Issue August 31, 2015
Decanter World Wine Awards
Creamy vanilla and clove aromas on this modern, savoury Ribera. Sweet oak, velvet tannins and smooth, classy style. Commended Award 2015