Vintage: 2018

VintageProduct CodeFormatClosureAvailability
2018FV101B186 x 75Natural CorkAvailable
Producer

Finca Villacreces was described by Robert Parker as “the hidden jewel of Ribera del Duero”. The estate is based at the heart of the Ribera del Duero DO, forming part of the ‘golden mile’ along with its immediate neighbour Vega Sicilia to the west, Pingus and other such high-profile estates. Located in Quintanilla de Onésimo, the stunning estate was purchased by the Antón family of Izadi in 2003 and the resulting wines, made by winemaker Ángel Ortega together with Luis Laso, are deep, dark and focused in style.

The vineyards follow what is called ‘integrated viticulture’, with canopy management and the use of natural treatments, instead of artificial chemicals. The myriad combinations of sand, gravel, shingle and quartz soils encourage low yields of intensely flavoured grapes (yields are around three tonnes per hectare, and only two kilos per vine). The estate sits at 735 metres above sea level and comprises 64 hectares. 85% of the vineyards are planted with Tempranillo (mostly on sand, which gives an attractive fleshiness to the wines), with 5% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon (mostly on the quartz and shingle, giving more mineral complexity).

‘Pruno’ was developed by the team at Villacreces a few years ago with the intention of making a Ribera del Duero that could be enjoyed earlier than their flagship wine. It is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in second and third-year French oak barrels. The Ribera del Duero, which is a step up in concentration, depth and complexity, has a red and black fruit character with hints of spice, vanilla and liquorice before giving way to a smooth, rounded texture and fresh acidity on the palate. ‘Nebro’, the single-vineyard wine, is named after the 1.2 hectare site of the estate’s oldest Tempranillo vines (planted in 1917), which lies just three metres from Vega Sicilia. It is produced only in exceptional vintages and in very limited quantities, just five barrels.

Vineyards

The vineyards here are a mixture of soils: sandy, gravel, shingle and quartz. Each soil type contributes to different flavours in the fruit as well as to very low yields of around just three tonnes per hectare. The vineyards are planted with about 86% Tempranillo (mostly on the sandy vineyards, which give an attractive fleshiness to the wines), 4% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon (mostly on the quartz and shingle, giving more mineral complexity). Organic practices are used as much as possible and the close proximity of the river helps protect against frost. The vineyards lie at 710 metres above sea level and are planted with a density of 2,200 vines per hectare.

Vintage

The 2018 vintage in Ribera del Duero began with a rainy winter and spring, which replenished water reserves in the soil and sustained the vines through the growing season. Temperatures were lower than average during the summer and the grapes underwent a slow ripening process. The harvest took place from mid September through to October and the grapes harvested were of excellent quality with intense aromatics and good natural acidity.

Vinification

Fruit was handpicked into 15 kilogram crates in the second and third weeks of September. The three varieties were destemmed and fermented separately in small stainless steel tanks with 25% undergoing malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels. The wines were then aged separately in French oak (Taransaud and Darnajou), of which 50% was new, for a period of 14 months, after which the final blend was assembled and bottled.

Tasting Notes & Technical Details

This wine is inky purple in colour with an expressive bouquet of espresso, toasted bread, graphite and wild blueberry. The palate is full-bodied, with layers of plush black fruit, woodsmoke and nutmeg, structured by fine grained tannins and juicy acidity,

Alcohol (ABV)

14.5%

Acidity

5.82 g/l

Residual Sugar

2.5 g/l

pH

3.61

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Producer
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Product Code
Features
Style
Finca Villacreces`Nebro` Ribera del DueroFV102
Vegetarian
Vegan
Practising Organic
R
Red
Factsheet
`Pruno` Ribera del DueroFV103
Vegetarian
Vegan
Practising Organic
R
Red
Factsheet