The Bodega of Descalzos Viejos is born with the restoration of the oratory of the Trinitarian Convent of S. XVI of the same name, where are the processing area and barresl room.
The contrast between the walls of the "church" with tanks and barrels holds a special magic that permeates the atmosphere.
The winery has 6.00 hectares of vineyards cultivated hillside with varieties of cabernet sauvignon, syrah, grenache, merlot and petit verdot, located at the foot of the ledge of the Tajo de Ronda (a 650 m. Altitude) and one hectare has for making white wine (chardonnay).
A limestone soil and a high level of rainfalls makes the plot is set in dry, increasing the alcohol content of these wines.
Descalzos Viejos 2009 Chardonnay
Bright, pale golden yellow. Complex in nose, floral notes initially appear ripe fruit (peach, apricot, mango?), As is making memories pastries, toast and a hint of mineral. In mouth large, long and with good acidity. A wine with great ability to evolve over time.
Descalzos Viejos 2009
50% Syrah ,35 %Merlot &15% Garnacha ,
Cherry red color with a garnet rim.
Good intensity with aromas of black fruit, berry jam, vanilla, balsamic notes, hints of pomegranate, milk notes. Good weight of fruit set and good balance.
Good palate, with good acidity, black licorice, black fruit fresh, fleshy body and nice tour.
Descalzos Viejos 2009
Syrah, Garnacha & Cabernet sauvignon
This wine has a deep cherry color with violet rim and robe. The nose is intense, with hints of candied fruit, reminiscent of aromatic herbs. The palate is structured and complex.
Friedrich Schatz came to Ronda from Germany in 1982, stemming from a family of wine makers from Wuerttemberg dating back to the year 1641. When Federico turned 18, he came to Spain, scouted out the terroir he was looking for and began planting in the Serrania de Ronda at Finca La Sanguijuela, an old Roman vineyard finca. Friedrich had done his research and knew that the Romans had used this fabulous growing area to produce quality wine, however after time all of the wineries in the area had disappeared, and after phyloxera devastated the area in the 1900's, nothing had been replanted.
Once his vines matured he began making top quality wines on his estate with Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Tempranillo, Lemberger, and Muskattrollinger ( a red fleshed pink grape from the Muscat family).
Federico's estate, Finca la Sanguijuela, was the very first certified ecologic winery in
Andalucía and is registered with the CAAE organisation (Andalusian Committee of
Organic Farming). In actuality, he is one of Spain's pioneers in Biodynamic winemakeing, and winegrowing as well, and is brilliant in the way he is able to convey these ideas in a sensible, easy to understand manner.
The harmony which is brought to this wine is thanks to its Biodynamic & Ecologically farmed soil and vines. A combination of modern and traditional wine making practices allows the mature tannins and the soft acidity to present itself in a wine which is elegant, fruity and expresses its variety.
Without question this approach to a 100% Natural wine is thanks to the perfect microclimate that the Romans discovered centuries ago, Acinipo... The legend lives on...
Chardonnay: (white) with 6 - 11 months in barrel aging.
The palate is enveloping and buttery, with hints of vanilla, papaya and pineapple. Excellent acidity that adds freshness. Finish with a touch of citrus and wood. Complex and long.
Rose: Muskatrollinger with 6 to 11 months in barrel aging.
Intense purple smell, ruby red, of medium to high intensity .. On the nose violets and roses, intertwined with ripe wild strawberries and a touch of licorice. With hints of cocoa, vanilla, caramel, white spice, litter, understory hardwoods and cedar. On the palate, broad, warm, deep and fruity with fullness.
Petit Verdot: 10 -16 months of aging inbarrel.Acinipo
Very expressive on the nose, a bouquet that highlights iodized notes, mineral, balsamic and spices. Very good tannin structure evolving accordingly. A splendid end of bitter cocoa combined with licorice.
Lemberger: with 10 to 16 months in barrel aging.
Original adaptation of the variety Lemberger in Ronda. Very spicy, highlight the aromas of clove, pepper, raspberry, and above all, a very original touch of aniseed. Good acidity and tannins well worked.
A group of experts, from more than 15 countries, founded out this Bodega Pinot Noir as one of the best Pinot Noir in the world this year.
There were more than 1300 wines in this competition. Cortijo Los Aguilares has become the best winery producing this delicate variety in Spain.
In the year 1999 José Antonio Itarte and his wife Victoria acquired Cortijo Los Aguilares. This estate, located at Puente de la Ventilla between Ronda and Campillos, comprises 800 hectares of mixed agriculture including cereals, olives, and free range pigs.
Pinot Noir 2011
Pinot Noir 100%.
Eight months in French oak.
The three hectares of the Pinot Noir vineyard, situated at above 900 metres, is cared for as if it were a garden. It is here that the grapes for their best internationally-recognised wines are grown, and the harvest is carried out in two separate stages to ensure a balanced result.
Twice winner of the Gold Medal (2010) and the Great Gold Medal (2008) at the Mundial of Pinot Noir held annually en Sierre, Switzerland - very unusual for the Spanish version of this variety - it positions the wine at the highest international level.
Petit Verdot 100%
17 months in new French oak
This wine has been selected from the ten best new barrels of their Petit Verdot, some of which were fermented in 500-litre partially-open , all with malolactic fermentation taking place. This French grape variety has adapted itself perfectly to the unusual climate and soil of the Sierra de Ronda, since with a long growing cycle. It is always the last variety they harvest, usually in early November.
Los Aguilares Vino Tinto
54% Tempranillo, 28% Merlot y 18% Syrah.
Alcohol 14% vol.
A young red wine made from their own grapes from a vineyard located at 900 metres.
The bouquet is a symphony of fresh red fruit with light citric touches, and in the mouth is fresh and silky, making it ideal to accompany any food.
The winemaker Juan Manuel Vetas Martin, owner and founder of the Veta´s Vineyards, is the pioneer of red wines in Ronda which wines had already won national and international recognition.
In his career has worked, collaborated or advised welknown wineries such as Château du Tertre Arsac (DOMargaux), Château Tayac Soussans, Château Prieuré Lichine Cantenac, Prince Alfonso de Hohenlohe at Cortijo Las Monjas among others.
A great wine that stands out in this cozy vineyard is the Petit Verdot; a masterpiece for the senses. It is a trademarked monovarietal for its taste, aroma and body.
2,47 acres located at 2.460ft altitude we find “El Baco” in the surroundings of the majestic and charmed Sierra de Ronda in the vicinity of the quiet village of Arriate.
It has a production of about 500 gr. per stock. A respectful agriculture with nature, following the principles of biodynamics with manual labor and natural fertilizers.
Surrounded by enviable views, the vineyard enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Plenty of sunshine and fresh air since there are no factories at all in the vicinity. The soil is deep, with a sandy clay loam texture, with limestone subsoil.
Vetas Selection 2003
Type: Red Crianza
Production: 3560 bottles
Variety: Petit Verdot (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Cabernet Franc (20%)
Alcohol: 13.84% Vol.
Elaboration: A special selection since the climate of that year (more abundant in rain) was not favorable for the development of the Petit Verdot. For this reason, also contains Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
By controling the temperature during maceration and fermentation, which lasted about 20 days, enabled us to extract maximum power and aroma of the fruit that provides the Petit Verdot.
Aging: New french oak barrels with medium toast for 20 months and then aged in bottle for 15 months.
Bottling Date: June 2005
Presentation: Long Bordelaise bottle, 75 Cl
Storage: 16 º C protected from light and moisture.
Consumption: 18-19 º C.
Taste: Intense blackberry color, very lively with high shade. Intense aromas of black fruits of the forest, balsamic, spice, mint, cocoa. Powerful entry, fruit very present, explosive, with great body and fructosity. Wooded taste is well integrated giving it a touch of elegance. Lingering aftertaste.
Awards: 92 points Peñin Guide 2007/08 and 2008/09.– Silver Medal 2008: “Mallorca Female Diamond” Selection in Madrid 2008 Gold Medal.– Madrid 2009 in “Radio Turismo”: Best Wines of Spain.
Petit Verdot 2005
Type: Red Reserve
Production: 1380 bottles
Variety: Petit Verdot% 100
Alcohol: 14.1% Vol
Weather: Dry year with a rainfall of about 280 liters a year, no rain since May. The Harvest moved to 9.9.2005 with very low production, about 700gs per stock.
Elaboration: Alcoholic fermentation kept in an average temperature of 25 º C in stainless steel vats with maceration of 24 days at very low temperatures which allowed to draw many flavors. The malolactic fermentation was done in french oak barrels.
Aging: 18 months in new french oak Allier, Vosges and Limousin.
Bottling Date: 2 Noviembre 2007.
Presentation: Long Bordelaise bottle, 75 Cl.
Storage: 16 º C protected from light and moisture.
Serving Temperature: 18 to 19 º C.
Taste: Cherry red with intense shade and clean. Balsamic notes in nose with red fruits sweet end, coffee, smoky, cocoa and vanilla. In the mouth, the wood does not cover the fruit but gives just a touch of subtlety. Smooth and delicate Entry with silky tannins, structured and well marked with a long finish and delicate that invites another sip.
Awards: Gold Medal World Cup in Canada in 2009. Gold Medal in the “Friendly Environment Wines” in Madrid in 2009.