This single vineyard wine was produced exclusively with Syrah grapes. The vines are planted in bright, white limestone soil in the middle of pine trees that protect the vineyard from strong winds. The grapes produced here achieve a great sugar concentration and perfect ripeness levels.
It displays a deep, dark color with black cherry tones and a spicy, floral bouquet. The nose reveals an explosion of red berry fruit aromas. Balsamic, toasty notes also come through, brought by 17 months’ aging in new French oak barrels.
Smooth and elegant on the palate, this wine is amazingly expressive as well as powerful and very well balanced, followed by a lingering finish. Previous vintage years have earned up to 94 points in the American magazine Wine Spectator and won several gold medals in international competitions. It’s a wine full of pleasant surprises.
The Abadia Retuerta is a Spanish winery founded in 1996. The estate is situated just outside the border of the Ribera del Duero region in Spain's north central province of Castilla y León, near the village of Sardón del Duero. 20 miles east of the city of Valladolid, it lies in wine estates stretching from Tudela de Duero to Peñafiel known as “the golden mile”. Notably, it is just a few miles from Vega Sicilia, producer of Unico.
The climate is extreme continental and semi-desert, with hot summers, cold winters and average annual rainfall of 300 mm to 450 mm. The 54 vineyard plots take up 206 hectares: 146 of which is planted with Tempranillo, 40 Ha with Cabernet Sauvignon, 16 Ha with Merlot, 2 Ha with Syrah and 2 Ha with Petit Verdot.
The wine making facilities were designed by consulting oenologist Pascal Delbeck, proprietor of Château Ausone, who still works with the estate along with Angel Anocíbar.