Marques de Griñón Emeritus 2011

D.O.C. Dominio De Valdepusa Red wine 14,5% 2011
47.00 Bottle 75 cl Tax incl.

TYPE OF WINE Red wine for aging.
AGEING24 – 26 months in French Allier Oak barrels.
VARIETALES Mixture of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Syrah.
ALCOHOL 14.5 % Vol.
CLIMATE This is the central region of the Iberian Peninsula and within the area with the highest sunshine in Europe (3000 hours/year). Its climate is continental, with marked contrasts between dry and hot summers and cold winters, but also between night and day in each season. The average temperature is 17°C, falling to 5°C in winter and rising to 26°C in summer. The average rainfall is about 450 mm. The vineyards are located around an average height of 490 meters above sea level.
VINEYARDS Made from the pioneering Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in Castilla La Mancha and the first Syrah and Petit Verdot vineyards planted in Spain in 1991-1992. The vineyards are conducted on high trellises, using canopy management techniques such as the Smart-Dyson or Lira conduction systems. The espaliers are permanently supervised in order to achieve the maximum illumination of bunches and leaves, eliminating excessive bunches by means of green harvesting.
PRODUCTION METHODS Produced entirely from vines grown in the clay-limestone soils of Dominio de Valdepusa (Malpica del Tajo, Toledo), owned by the Marqués de Griñón family since 1292. Manual harvest, followed by destemming and gravity discharge into the fermentation tanks. Prolonged maceration for up to 4 or 5 weeks and ageing in new and semi-new French Allier oak barrels for 20 – 24 months in an air-conditioned ageing cellar.
TASTING NOTES cherry red smell, well covered. In nose it combines the best of the varieties with the contributions of its upbringing. Of very good aromatic intensity, in the mouth it is at the same time clean, round, elegant and powerful, with an excellent tannic structure; in its end the well nuanced fruit contributions dominate – plum jam, fruits of the forest -, with a long persistence.