Quadrum Wine Co.

Quadrum BIB Red Blend

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Denominacion de Origen

Spain (All vineyards in the limits of D.O. La Mancha)

Location

Ciudad Real

Varietal

80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha

Vineyards

All vineyards are located within limits of D.O. La Mancha

Year(s) Planted

1980-1995

Viticulture

Sustainable dry farmed viticulture. High density trellises without irrigation or harmful fungicides, herbicides, pesticides, or chemically synthesized fertilizers. Hand harvested.

Soils

Extremely sandy soils intermixed with small pieces of pure limestone. The surface (30cm.) is intermixed with red clay.

Climate

Continental-Mediterranean

Winemaking

The vineyards are hand-harvested and the grapes undergo a brief cold-soak. The bunches are destemmed but crushed. Temperature controlled maceration and fermentation in stainless steel tanks with neutral yeast. The maceration is brief to avoid over-extraction, only 5-6 days.

Ageing

The wine is bottled young after a few months in stainless steel to preserve freshness.

Comments

Quadrum is a blend of 80% Cencibel (a local clone of Tempranillo from La Mancha) with 20% Garnacha. The Tempranillo in La Mancha is one of the oldest clones in Spain, and has incredibly loose clusters of small, thick skinned berries. This produces a Tempranillo that is very deep in character and maintains acidity in the warm and dry climate of La Mancha. The Garnacha complements the Tempranillo with juicy fruit and aromatics. The dry, sunny climate of La Mancha allows this to be one of the most sustainable winegrowing areas in Spain.