Castro Ventosa VALTUILLE

Vintage: 2021.

Grape variety: 85% mencia, 10% alicante Bouschet, 5% white
grapes and others varieties.

Plots: : Mix of grapes from 5 plots of Valtuille

Soils: Mix of clay soils, clayey with stone, sandy clay and rich in
organic matter.

Age of vineyards: VVineyards over 100 years old.

Planting density: 4.000-5.000 plants per hectare.

Production density: 5.000 kilograms per hectare.

Climate: Continental and atlantic.

Anual production: 15.000 botellas.

Alcohol content: 13,5%.

Wine description:

Castro Ventosa appears in 2017 as a wine from the village of Valtuille , in response to the new wine classification, Burgundy style, that the D.O. Bierzo wanted to implement.

It is a wine selection of 5 areas, peculiar for its soils and orientations. It seeks to be an elegant and easy to drink wine, respecting to the maximum that the land gives, with a minimum intervention.

For the production of the first vintage we have used grapes from the places: La Poulosa, El Olivar, El Val, La Rata (a plot adjacent to El Rapolao, with a slower maturation) and Las Gundiñas. The plots may vary according to the vintage.

Characteristics of the vintage:

After a dry 2020, a rainy December gave away to a cold and dry January in which Philomena storm took place.

In February, due to the high temperatures, the almond trees blossomed.

From March to June it hardly rained and the temperatures were high.

This led to an advance in the budding of the vines and increase the risk of frost.

Summer arrived with a rainy June and a hailstorm at the end of the month. As in 2018 vintage, the high summer. temperatures motivated a lot of work in the vineyard, in order to save the vintage from the fungus.

July was once again dry, so much that as the harvest approached, the grapes reached a ripening point around 12 – 13% alc. vol., where they stopped and it was difficult to continue ripening.

We began the harvest on August 27th with the vineyards in full ripeness and not very high alcohol. We decided to use a larger part of whole grapes than in 2020 vintage and to macerate the wines for longer.

The vintage is similar to the 2018. The white wines are fresh and the reds show elegance, fruit and finesse.

Elaboration:

The harvesting of this wine is manual and it is carried out for about 15 days, taking into account the maturation of the different plots.

When we reach the winery, after destemming, we deposit the grapes in stainless steel tanks of 5,000 liters, in which the fermentation takes place naturally, controlling the temperature.

The wine will macerate between 25 and 30 days, in which the only job is to wet the hat once a day.

We devat and press the wine to let it rest one or two months.

After this, we introduce it in 225 liter barrels of thirduse for a year. At the end of the process, we ranck the wine and after a monh we carry out the annual blending.