Tempranillo Merlot Malbec Ribera Del Duero Spain
Spain's most prestigious winemaking estate was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves. He planted the Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec, as well as the local Tinto Fino or Tempranillo, to the arid Ribera soils just east of Valladolid. The Bodega is now source to Spain's most distinguished wines, renowned for their complexity, intensity and longevity.
All Vega Sicilia's vines are dry grown and hand pruned, yielding less than two kilos each. Grapes are never picked unless they have achieved high levels of sugar concentration. Vinification usually lasts fifteen days and temperatures may reach as high as 32C. Most of the ferments are carried out in oak vats and followed by the completion of malolactic. Valbuena is a cepage of varying proportions, according to vintage, Tempranillo and Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Vega Sicilia Valbuena is treated to maturation in a selection of new and seasoned, French and American oak casks and larger format oak vats for up to three years, followed by two in the bottle before release.
Dark cherry colour with intense ruby ring. Aromas of fresh berries, a range of wild red fruit essences, raspberries and morello, supported by fine oak. Powerful entry to the palate, wild fruits and savoury notes, licorice, blueberries and cassis before a long, tannic mineral finish, complex and persistent.