Grape(s): 100% Monastrell
Localization: Jumilla, Spain
Tasting Notes: a complex and meaty mélange of raspberries, cherries, wild fennel, spiced meats and a touch of fresh nutmeg in the upper register. On the palate the wine is fullish, complex and very well-balanced, with a fine core, lovely focus and grip, modest tannins, and impressive bounce on the long and softly tannic finish.
Notes: Vines average 25 years old. Altitude / Soil- 600 meters/limestone, poor in organic matter and low salinity
Practicing organic farming methods, hand-harvested. Pre-fermentative maceration for 4 days, followed by fermentation with skins for 6 days. Aged for a brief period in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling
The Domain: Bodegas Sierra Norte has over 50 hectares of bush vine Monastrell planted in warm and arid Jumilla Denomination of Origin. Their original planting date to 1958. They reduce grape yields and are engaged in increasing biologic diversity and improving soil structure. They firmly believe that these efforts will yield balanced wines which will more clearly express their local environment. The winery converted all of their vineyards to organic growing methods in 2012, but are not currently seeking certification.