Beso de Rechenna - Crianza - Espagne
Beso de Rechenna
In this vintage there was very little rain through the year, especially in autumn and winter which produced a yield of some 20% less than in the previous year; a total of 158 million kilos of grapes were harvested overall.
However the summer weather favoured an excellent ripening of the grapes, bringing forward the start of the harvest to the end of August, when the grapes were at their optimum ripeness.
This wine is made from grapes grown on old vines, some 45 years ole in southern part of D.O Utiel-Requena. In this area the vines are bush pruned, on poor soils, with no irrigation, giving yields of less than 3 kg per vine, at around 4000 kilos per hectare. Grape were picked at good levels of sugar and phenolic ripeness. the wine was made in a traditional manner, destalking the grapes and then fermenting at temperatures between 24 and 28°C. Maceration with regular pumping over then lasted 15 days. The maceration time was decided by daily analysis and tasting, paying particular attention to the evolution of levels tannin and polyphenols in general.
Once the wine was racked bright, malolactic fermentation was carried out. This again was monitored daily by analysis and tasting. Once it is complete the wine was transferred to American and French oak barrels, 75% of them new, where it was aged for 8 months.
Intense, deep red in colour with bright flashes of lighter cherry red.
The aromas are surprisingly complex, showing a fine amalgam of intense balsamic notes of fine cedar wood, good toasty aromas with a touch of tar and coffee, balanced by fine fruit notes of cherry and plum.
Elegant and full bodied on the palate, rich in ripe tannins, with a firm but not aggressive structure. A certain crispness and a bright acidity balance the mouthfeel, and it has a long attractive finish.
This is a wine very much ready to drink now, but its structure will allow it to keep improving in bottle for some years to come.
Alcohol : 12,9% vol.
Total acidity : 5,40 g/L (tartaric)
pH : 3,61
Bottling date : early July 2015
Total production : 40 000 bottles