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El Vínculo Crianza 2019

Rated with 92 points by James Suckling.

WINERY: El Vínculo
BRAND: El Vínculo Crianza
VARIETY: 100% Tempranillo
LOOK: A black cherry colour with a violet rim. Clean and bright.
SMELL: Elegant on the nose with black fruit notes such as blackberries and blueberries coming to the fore with liquorice -the characteristic expression of the Tempranillo grape. Notes of vanilla also come through thanks to the wine’s 18 months’ ageing in American oak barrels.
TASTE: Nice volume on the entry to the palate with ripe tannins, a round mouth-feel together with a very good length of flavour revealing hints of black fruit, some spice and vanilla.
CONSUMPTION: This wine will offer optimal enjoyment as from its time of purchase.
PAIRINGS: Barbecued red meats, small game, such as partridge or hare.
Viñedo y Elaboración
DESCRIPTION: Located at an altitude of 650 to 750 metres in semi- open plain landscape descending north to south with a southern exposure.
SURFACE AREA: 52 hectares (128 acres).
AGE: 50 years.
SOIL: A mix of sand and clay throughout the whole of the vineyard.
Clima y vendimia: The winter began with low temperatures; however, as from February a weather pattern set in which would continue throughout the rest of the year: spring temperatures well above average, spells of extreme heat in summer and a very warm autumn.As for rainfall, this was a very dry year, with around half of the average precipitation.These mild conditions led to a very early bud-break, while subsequent vine vegetation growth was sluggish because of the low water reserves in the soils. This resulted in small vines with few roots, as well as small grape berries. This consequently had a positive influence on the ripening process. The vine cycle continued well ahead of schedule and led to a very early harvest which produced a small crop that was ranked as excellent in quality.
AGEING: The wine was aged 18 months in American oak barrels, then 6 months in bottle.