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Viñas del Cámbrico Villanueva Rufete 2016

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A perfect combination of pure cherry fruit and wild herbs, with some appealing earthy notes on the finish. The thin skins give light and supple tannins whilst a refreshing acidity helps to maintain balance. The almost ethereal nature of this wine is reminiscent of Pinot Noir, yet Rufete has its own distinct personality and charm.

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The grapes were sourced from two high-density, organically farmed vineyards, “Las Cabezas” and “El Pocito” planted between 700 and 800 metres in the village of Villanueva del Conde. The “El Pocito” vineyard is seventy years old and the “Las Cabezas” vineyard was planted fourteen years ago. The vineyards are certified organic. The grapes were harvested by hand during September.

After hand-sorting at the winery, the grapes were crushed and the must was then transferred to stainless steel tanks for alcoholic and natural malolactic fermentation. Remontage was carried out using only gravity and occasional punch-downs were carried out. After fermentation, the wine was racked to 300 and 500 litre French oak barrels for six months’ ageing, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Each barrel was then bottled separately.

 
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Vintage 2016
Alcoholic strength 13%
Country Spain
Region Castilla y León
Subregion Sierra de Salamanca
Grapes Rufete 100%
Body C
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Organic Yes
Biodynamic No
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Viñas del Cámbrico

Viñas del Cámbrico is based in one of Spain’s most recently granted DOs, Sierra de Salamanca, located at the southern end of Castilla y León. Since their first vintage in 2003 they have been making wines from the local Rufete and Rufete Blanca grapes, grown on old vines which are planted on granite and slate soil terraces. Over time the holdings have been expanded to cover ten hectares of vineyards – no easy task since this expansion involved negotiating and purchasing land from over 130 growers. From these vines, Viñas del Cámbrico produce stellar examples of authentic, handcrafted wines, true to their region of origin and a unique addition to the viticultural landscape of modern Spain.

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