Denominacion de Origen
Valley of Valdizarbe, Navarra
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Proprietary vineyards planted in the Valley of Valdizarbe, one of Navarra’s most historical viticultural areas.
1890-1992. Nekeas owns several pre-phylloxera, ungrafted parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon that were used for a massal selection that was planted on high density trellis in 1992.
In Nekea’s vineyards, everything from plantings, varieties, rootstocks, clones, soil types, and cultural practices have been oriented towards the goal of healthy, disease free, ripe grapes, and maintaining respect for the environment.
Hillsides composed of red and gray marl, with a substantial component of sandstone. Soil depth is dependent on the slopes and the depth of the calcareous layer. The soils are characterized by an argillaceous composition, with an average quantity of carbonates of 30% in the topsoil and 40% in the subsoil. Some of the vines are also planted in stony soils a less fine texture, characterized by high drainage and an even higher proportion of carbonate.
Continental climate with both Mediterranean and Atlantic influences. 218 day long vegetative cycle. Spring frosts sometimes produce severe damage to the crop. Summers are dry and warm, with drastic temperature swings between day and night.
The grapes are rigorously sorted at the winery before being lightly crushed and macerated for five to seven days before alcoholic fermentation. Primary fermentation in stainless steel. Total maceration for 25 days. The wine is transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation.
13 months in new to three wine old French oak barrels.
Vega Sindoa Cabernet Sauvignon is an interpretation of a high altitude, cool climate expression of Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from old, ungrafted, and pre-phylloxeric bush vines that speak to Navarra's centuries long tradition and connection to Bordeaux viticulture.