Agricola Falset Marçá (D.O. Montsant)

3 Miradas Cerro Macho

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Denominacion de Origen

D.O. Montilla-Moriles

Location

Sierra de Montilla de Calidad Superior, the Grand Cru subzone of Montilla-Moriles, south of Córdoba, Spain

Varietal

100% Pedro Ximénez

Vineyards

Paraje del Cerro Macho

Year(s) Planted

1950

Viticulture

Old head-trained vines farmed completely sustainably without organic certification, but avoiding all use of harmful fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and irrigation.

Soils

Albariza. A soil composed mostly of limestone and soft marlstone. Poor in organic matter, of a simple mineral composition, and a crumbly consistency. This is a material that is capable of retaining water in an area which experiences less than 600L of rainfall per year, and for its drainage, which prevents them from accumulating water and salts.

Climate

Semi-Continental Mediterranean. Extremely high temperatures and irregular rainfall from year to year.

Winemaking

The 3 Miradas project, which began as a collaboration between Bodegas Alvear & Envínate, represents a goal of the Alvear family to express the terroir which has historically been known as the Sierra de Montilla de Calidad Superior through a winemaking approach that expresses the vineyard site instead of masking it with the ageing process typical of the classic vinos generosos of the area. 3 Miradas Cerro Macho, a grand cru style wine in the Burgundy classification, comes from one of the family’s oldest parcels in the Sierra, and is pressed directly without skin contact or maceration and ferments in tinajas, traditional concrete amphora of 4,800L.

Ageing

After fermentation in tinaja, the wine rests under the velo de flor for eight months before being bottled without fining or filtration.

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