The 2018 harvest in San Martin de Valdeiglesias was marked by a very hot and dry autumn. The winter delivered abundant rain and some late snowfall. A fresh, cold spring brought a strong hailstorm in May that destroyed vine shoots and bunches, somewhat reducing production. Despite breakages and rain, disease was avoided thanks to the gentle winds that prevailed in the following days. Temperatures were lower than usual until the end of June. A dry summer, cooler than previous years, meant phenolic and alcoholic maturity were reached at the same time. These conditions resulted in well-rounded, aromatic wines with good alcohol content. After a low yield in 2017 due to frost and a severe drought, this year’s production recovered well.
Production: Manual. After de-stemming and partial pressing, the must was left in contact with the skins for 12 days to extract the optimal soul of the terroir. Spontaneous fermentation with wild yeasts in small stainless steel tanks. The wine rested in used 600-litre barrels for a period of six months. Bottled without clarification or filtering.
Winemaker’s impression: Presents a golden yellow, almost amber colour due to its long maceration. Aromas of white peach and gooseberry on the nose, with time spent in oak providing subtle sensations. Balanced, fine and refreshingly light but at the same time long. Best described as a “fresh” vintage, with an evolution waiting to be discovered.
Bottled: July 2019, without clarification, filtering or stabilizing.
700 bottles were produced from the 2018 harvest