Dominio de Es
The location of La Mata is a grand cru which contains prephylloxera vines and is located in the area of Atauta villlage, Soria.
The 1904 record proves the existence of old vines in that setting.
La Mata valley (north-south) spreads out in a perpendicular way in the main valley in Atauta (west-east). We discover the convergence of these two valleys and also an area of pure chocolate clay in a 0.2 hectare area.
The vine is located in a setting exposed to the east, getting sunlight in the morning and at midday. Shade comes at 8.30 p.m. creating a cool microclimate, typical of the terroir which provides singularity to La Mata grand cru.
Harvest in 12 kilo boxes on October 13.
Grape variety: Tinto fino 100%.
Harvest: 33% whole bunches and 67% destemming.
Fermentation in open wooden tanks for 23 days.
Crianza: 14 months in new Burgundy barrels.
La Mata 2016 has a 3.73 pH, 4.41 gr acidity and 13.7 alcohol content.
The vintage 2016 in Dominio de Es
Dominio de Es was characterized by its quality and quantity, something which had not been seen in the last 17 years. Bertrand, who comes from the French Loire, remembers the great 70, 82, 90 and 2009 vintages in the neighboring country.
It was a special vintage here in every sense. Rose bushes sprouted at the end of January in a winter which seemed to vanish. Very little cold weather in November, January and February, which gave way to late heavy, persistent snow falls, shaped the vintage.
Sprouting started on April 29 and flowering came in the mid June. However, we had a cold, dry summer with no rain in which temperatures reached extreme figures (3ºC at night on August 12).
The rain did not come until mid September, but the vines were kept balanced and alive. Besides, they produced abundant and quality grapes in a natural and spontaneous way.