Ribera del Duero is an area known for big reputations, big wines, and big oak influence… not really our thing. So we were pleased to come across winemaker Germán Blanco, a young winemaker who is championing a fresher style of Tinto del Pais - the local name for Tempranillo. He calls his project a 'Micro-winery ‘and it is a true family business, based around the village of La Aguilera in the Burgos province. He works with very old vineyards, many of which are planted at over 900 metres above sea level. German makes his elegant, fruit-forward wines using foot-treading, wild yeast fermentation and minimal handling. All his wines share a delicious rusticity, purity of fruit, and incredible freshness.
Made from 100% Tempranillo. The grapes are hand harvested with strict site selection, completely destemmed and must is fermented in 90% stainless steel and 10% open top oak barriques with minimal racking and punching down. Wine ages for a further 6 months in 400 and 500-litre old French and American oak barriques before being bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with minimal additions of sulphur. Viticulture is organic and sustainable.
Fresh and juicy, this roble-style wine seeks to evoke a sense of old Ribera del Duero. Lovely nose of cherries and plums, cracked pepper and bright acidity. An absolute bargain.