CAIÑO TINTO - red wine
Producer Notes 2011 (Automatic Translation)
DO: Rías Baixas
SOIL TYPE: Jabre granite
AGE OF VINEYARD: 60 years
VARIETIES: Caiño red 100%
The red Caiño is one of the 3 indigenous red varieties of Val do Salnés, a variety of budding and late maturation, produces medium-grade fruit wines with high acidity. It has a nice bright cherry color.
From the climatological point of view 2011 was a year marked by the absence of rains and high temperatures chained during 6 months, between April and October. The year begins with warm temperatures and precipitation responsible for it to be humid and warm. But from April it is characterized by an absence of precipitation and average temperatures until the month of August, in the month of September the temperatures were higher than expected and the precipitations scarce, resulting also a very dry month. These conditions hindered the accumulation of sugars by water stress and a low acidity in the harvest due to the heat combustion of September, the grapes were harvested with an average alcoholic degree and in a perfect sanitary condition.
The harvest was early and was staggered according to the maturation of each plot between September 21 and 23, trying to preserve the natural acidity of the crop.
The harvest is manual and on the plot is made a selection of grapes. The grapes are stepped without despalillar in an open oak trough, where the fermentation takes place, once finished, a daily pigeage is carried out for 4 weeks. With this long fermentation-maceration we look for an infusion of the grapes in the wine to extract color and aromas.
The wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels of the third year where it performs the malolactic fermentation.
The wine was bottled without filtration or clarification in February 2013. This crop has been chosen to be bottled in 1,250 bottles of ZARATE Caiño red 2011.