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Ferdinand - Tempranillo 2013

Red Wines

Ferdinand - Tempranillo 2013

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Ferdinand - Tempranillo 2013


About the Wine

95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano.  Picked early to retain its natural acidity, it was 100% destemmed to a stainless fermentor. Natural fermentation began after five days and the wine received gentle pump overs twice daily for two weeks. The wine was barreled down dry after 21 days in tank and finished malolactic fermentation in barrel. Racked just twice, the wine received minimal S02 and was not fined or filtered prior to bottling.


What Ferdinand Wines Say

The wine is medium ruby in color; medium-bodied, dry and elegant. It smells of Tempranillo's characteristic wild red fruits and plum with a touch of underbrush. A savory wine with hints of smoke and leather it possesses a visceral stoniness. Overall the wine is lively in the glass; subtle with a silky freshness and present but resolved tannin. The wine should age well for 10 years or more.


What we Say

A superb example of a Tempranillo.  Premium fruit at the hands of a very talented wine-maker who is going to be making a lot of waves in the industry.  The typical Tempranillo grippiness is well integrated with the minerality of the wine.  Will benefit from decanting.


About the Producer

I practice simple, traditional winemaking.  The wines are not inoculated, acidified, nutrified, watered back, and where possible bottled without filtration. The Albariño is gently whole cluster pressed, fermented in old 225l barriques and spends six months on primary lees. Tempranillo is destemmed, in maceration for three weeks, pressed after dryness and ages for 18 months in 10% new French barrels.  I measure my success as a winemaker by wines that are delicious, enjoyable at table, and affordable to drink. The project remains modest but continues to grow.  In the coming years I hope to make more wines as I continue to learn but seek to do so organically and independently. I produce only as much as I can make with my own hands.

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