Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Ribero Del Duero Spain
A blend of three vintages, treated to an extended maturation in oak, assembled and bottle aged until eventual release. Reserva Especial adheres to the ancient Spanish practice of bringing together wines of different years to retain a profound estate style.
Traditionally in Spain, the few wineries that bottled their own fruit, most sold straight from cask, made two types of wine, that of the current year and another without a specific harvest. Denoted Reserva Especial they represented an assemblage of the finest harvests, the most representative work of the winery. A cepage of varying proportions, Tempranillo and Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, the separate vintages of Vega Sicilia are treated to an extended maturation in a selection of new and seasoned, French and American oak casks and larger format vats for many years. The oak vessels themselves are a critical part of the vinification, coopered within the grounds of the wineworks.
Scarlet colour with dark core. Complex nose of bright, vibrant fruit fragrances, cassis, cherry and spice over a background of tobacco, mineral and aromatic oak. A sweet and savoury palate of youthful, dark berry flavours supported by velvet tannins and liqueured, piquant acids before a seemingly endless finish.