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Campos de Risca
Campos de Risca Monastrell

Monastrell is the most planted variety in the south-east of Spain, in the arid hills inland from Alicante and Murcia. The name of the wine comes from the local name for the type of soil: “Risca” which is a bleached, limestone rock on the slopes of the valley. It is impressive that anything can grow here, but the rockiness is also an advantage, in so far as the scarce rain that does fall will immediately be filtered down to the sub-soil.

The vineyard is comprised of approximately 200 hectares of “Risca”, in different plots. The vines are planted at a low density, to allow a broad root system to develop, capturing all the available humidity in the soil. Although most vineyards are not registered, viticulture in the region is practically organic by default.

As far as the grape varieties are concerned, Monastrell, resistant to drought, is comprised of straggly bunches of small berries. The berries have thick skins and high acidity, so they need a lot of sun to ripen properly.

Campos de Risca is the essence of a Monastrell wine, but occasionally a blend may need a touch of Syrah or sometimes even Cabernet to give it a better balance on the palate.


Owner: Vinergia
Website: http://www.vinergia.com/bodegas.php?id=9
Winemaker: Vinergia
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 90% Monastrell 10% Syrah

Vineyard Location: Murcia
Soil: Limestone boulders on the surface, sandy below

Vinification
Fermented in stainless steel tanks at around 24C. For this wine only certified ecologically grown grapes were used.

Tasting Notes
Color: Very deep ruby red with a hint of violet colors of a young wine
Bouquet: On the nose, aromas of stewed blackberries and jam, with spicy notes of pepper
Flavor: On the palate it has good acidity, keeping the wine fresh and juicy; full and weighty, with a long and pleasant aftertaste

Alcohol Content: 14.7%
Residual Sugar: 2.80g/l
Serving Temperature: 60°F
Production: 100,000 bottles