Pago de Carraovejas 2018
Pago de Carraovejas 2018
- Country: Spain
- Region: Ribera del Duero
- Producer: Pago de Carraovejas
- Type: Red
Fourth harvest of this sales success that was born with the 2015 harvest, unifying the house's old Crianza and Reserva. One of the most demanded, always present in our Top Sales ranking , the 2018 harvest benefited from a very favorable climate after an extreme harvest in 2017. An intense, powerful red, marked by fruity notes and also by tannins . It enchants its unconditional followers from the first day, although it will also bring joy to those who are patient , as they have a lot of life ahead of them.
The Quinta has a strategic location. It is located at the confluence of rivers and protected from cold northern winds and hail-laden clouds by an imposing hill and the Peñafiel castle.
To obtain grapes of extraordinary quality, human intervention and the irrigation systems that the farm is equipped with are decisive. It is worth highlighting the anti-ice mills that the farm has, which mitigate the effects of black frost and prevent the vegetation from freezing internally.
Located 3 km from Peñafiel, on the sunny side of the Botijas river valleys (an appendage of the Duero valley from which it is just 4 km away), the farm enjoys a microclimate in which the sweetening effects of Duero combine. the dominant west winds (which favor the quality of the grapes) and the south orientation of its gently sloping slopes (protected from the damaging north wind and spring and autumn frosts).
The vineyard has three types of soil distributed across the property depending on the terrain’s orography. A diverse terroir, managed using the most current viticulture techniques and respecting the characteristics that each management unit requires.
In Carraovejas they work with three varieties: Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, all under three trellis systems: Cordón Royat, vertical glass and traditional terraces for valley viticulture and mountain viticulture.
The Pago de Carraovejas grape is selected in the field by the vineyard team throughout the plant's vegetative cycle. It is harvested manually and arrives at the winery in small vibrating stainless steel trailers, which will pamper each movement of the grape so that it arrives whole, after de-stemming and without the grapes or grains suffering pressure, violent fragmentation or excessive aeration.
The fermentation room is equipped with stainless steel vats, specially designed to achieve more efficient maceration due to their large hat and French oak vats, with a capacity of 150 hectoliters for alcoholic fermentation and 200 for malolactic fermentation. It is worth highlighting the use of our own yeasts and lactic acid bacteria and the gravitational elaboration work carried out with OVIS.
The wines are aged in new and semi-new extra-fine grain French and American oak barrels with a maximum life of three years. Aging varies from 12 to 24 months, depending on the type of wine.
The 2016 harvest was the 25th in the history of Pago de Carraovejas. To celebrate this, the winery has carried out a program of activities that aims to highlight the main milestones achieved over this quarter of a century. Furthermore, it renewed its corporate identity with the creation of a new website.
In 2017, Carraovejas opened the Amvibium restaurant, a gastronomic space located within the winery itself where haute cuisine and viticulture come together to create a first-class gastronomic experience.
Its most recent innovation is the creation of the Milsetentayseis project under the technical direction of winemaker Patricia Benitez. This project is located in the highest altitude area of the Ribera del Duero, Fuentenebro, and will give rise to a series of unique wines of very small production. The first of these is the La Peña 2018 rosé, to which Tim Atkin has already awarded 92 points.