Paraje Tornel 2013
Aging: 12 months in new French oak barrels, plus a minimum of 12 months in bottle
Altitude: 750 m
Vineyard: Bobal, traditionally grown "en vaso" (bush pruning) with an average age of 50 years, growing in the vineyard from which the wine takes its name.
Harvest: After monitoring the maturity levels in the field, the vineyards that best express the typical character of the fruit and terroir are selected. Harvesting is carried out in the second half of September. The grapes are harvested by hand in the early morning to take advantage of the low temperatures.
Production: The various parcels are vinified separately, taking into account their degree of maturity and phenolic potential. We then carry out a pre-fermentation maceration at 8°C for 4 days. The duration of the maceration-fermentation at 25°C depends on the parcel and harvest, and varies from 10 to 15 days. After a first racking to remove the coarse lees, the wine goes into barrel where malolactic fermentation will take place.
Bottling: After ageing in oak barrels for 12 months, the wine goes into bottle and rests for at least 12 months, which will impart smoothness and elegance.
Tasting: Cardinal garnet red of medium-strong brightness. Initially, on the nose, we find tertiary aromas from the oak ageing, toast, spices, coffees and cocoas, along with mineral notes typical of the terroir. Elegant, balsamic sensations of Mediterranean scrubland gently unfold, wrapped in aromas of ripe red fruit such as plums, blackberries and red currants. Honest on the palate, full and silky on entry, with silky, smooth tannins and an elegant acidity that adds vibrancy and balance to the whole.
Food Pairing: All types of grilled or braised red meat and game, spicy potato stews, Iberian ham, cured meats, sausages, along with other cold meats, cured and fermented raw milk cheeses, oven-baked or stewed oily fish. An indulgent pairing with dark chocolate.