WINERY: Tinto Pesquera
BRAND: MXI 2018
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14,5%
VARIETY: 100% Tempranillo
LOOK: Clean and bright with a deep garnet colour.
SMELL: Lovely fresh aromas. Hints of red berry and black fruits with blackberries and raspberries coming to the fore. Creamy notes come through and then make way for subtle touches of oak brought by the wine’s ageing in barrel.
TASTE: Fruity and flavoursome on the palate with well-integrated acidity and round tannins which give great length on the palate. Vanilla and smooth toffee notes come through in the finish.
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 12 ºC to 14 ºC.
CONSUMPTION: Perfectly ready to enjoy now. Best decanted 30 minutes before serving.
PAIRINGS: Great with small game birds served with rice. Also risottos, carpaccios, grilled meats, or with lamb chops grilled on vine shoots.
VINEYARD AND PRODUCTION
SITUATION: Located within the Pesquera de Duero municipality, the vineyard is south-facing and lies at an altitude of over 800 metres.
SURFACE AREA: 200 hectares (nearly 500 acres) in total.
SOIL: Sandy loam.
climaTE: The 2018 growing season began after a characteristically cold Ribera del Duero winter, during which temperatures dropped to as low as minus 12°C. The weather stayed cold during the early part of spring. Despite these conditions, the vines began budding on the usual dates at the end of April. After a very dry 2017, rain arrived at the end of winter and brought a continuous period of wet conditions throughout the whole of spring. This high level of rainfall made 2018 a particularly wet year overall in our area. Vine vegetation growth was favoured by these conditions, while the high water reserves accumulated in the soils led to a substantial increase in the size of the berries on the vines. Despite temperatures being higher than usual during the months of September and October, this larger berry size slowed down the ripening process.
HARVEST: At picking, the grapes were healthy and of outstanding quality.
AGEING: Aged 14 months in our cellars in carefully chosen barrels of different capacities.