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Malaspiedras , 2018

By El Mozo Wines

  • Appellation: Rioja Alavesa
  • Region: Rioja Alavesa
  • Country: Spain
  • Colour: Red
  • Grape Varieties:
  • Soil type: Clay, Limestone
  • Vessel type: Wood - New oak, Wood - Old oak
  • Unfined.
  • Filtered - Paper microns.
  • Low sulphite.

Notes on additives, aids & processing used:

  • No temperature control.
  • Organic/Biodynamic/Equivalent
  • Total Sulphites: 19 mg/L
  • This wine is fermented spontaneously.
  • Other Information:Alcohol: 14% Bottle size: 75cl - Weight:395g Age of vines: 70 years Organic certified wine - Suitable for V and V - The project: Malaspiedras aims to value, care for and recover the most traditional farms of the Compañon Arrieta family, farms planted by our grandparents - The Plots: "El Plano", "Balondo", "Vasconegro" and "El Anagorio" all of them located in the municipality of Lanciego at an altitude of about 560 meters above sea level. All these small family farms are old farms that produce high quality grapes. - Viticulture: Viticulture based on the minimum interaction in the vineyard and on a care totally oriented to the quality of the grape. The wine also has the organic agricultural certificate - Elaboration: Harvest individualized by plot. It is harvested manually in boxes and the farms are vinified separately in open macerators of 1,000 kg. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeast and aging on fine lees in 500-liter French, American and Hungarian oak barrels. Cherry color. Intense nose marked by black fruits and violet hints. Freshness and structure. Long finish.

About El Mozo Wines

Rioja Alavesa, Spain

Gorka and Itxaso, although both from viticultor families in Rioja, coincidentally met while they were living in Barcerlona, working in entirely unrelated fields. Gorka in IT and Itxaso in film production. In 2010 Itxaso’s family were on the brink of selling their land and cellar when the couple decided to step in. Determined to not let the family tradition die, they took over and actually went a few steps further in terms of production. Rather than producing bulk wine to sell to large scale industrial Rioja producers, they decided to vinify and bottle their own wine, from their own vines. A relatively radical step in a region that has suffered a massive campaign of industrialisation, first at the hands of Franco and afterwards by massive industrial corporations. This is the reason that today it is nigh impossible to find decent, artisan grower Rioja.
With 9.5 hectares of old bush vines from both their families, on some of the most prime located plots in the region, planted on shallow clay and calcareous soil, often flecked with ferrous deposits, over a bedrock of limestone, Gorka and Itxaso are determined to make some pure Rioja wines that respect the almost lost traditions and history of this rich winemaking region. Gorka and Itxaso grow Tempranillo, Viura, Malvasia Riojana, Garnacha and Torrontés, with vines upwards of 80 years old. They vinify using a variety of methods, from the traditional fruit forward open top carbonic maceration in cement for their Herrogaia, to the more typical Rioja 500l oak barrel aged to the Cosmonauta Viaje en el Tiempo which is an old style field blend, red and white co-fermented before being aged in amphora. A nod to the old and almost lost traditions of this geographically blessed region in the north of Spain.