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Hernando y Sourdais Antidoto Tempranillo

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Ribera del Duero is nowadays on equal footing with Rioja as the premier Tempranillo region of Spain. It’s a very special viticultural site — an open river valley system about 700 metres above sea level. Warm by day, cool by night, facilitating fruit ripening and vine de-stressing. Great expression with good integration of acid and tannin, and lots of retained perfume results from the climate. Sandy soils add a fresh, chalky elegance to the tannins.

Headed by winemaker Bertrand Sourdais, ‘Hernando y Sourdais’ is located in the sub-region of Soria in eastern Ribera del Duero (dry, cold and very remote). The project works with pre-phylloxera vines from antique vineyards organically grown at up to 1000m.

Glossy, sweet’n’sour blackberry nose with brambly ‘red tobacco’ over black pepper husk, cranberry and dark rocky earth. Juicy plushness with crunch, minerality and earthy acidity; subtle oak; quality savoury-nutty fruit tannins. Simple, direct and delicious with a lovely finishing note. The first release from a new project.

Winemaker's Notes

Ribera del Duero is nowadays on equal footing with Rioja as the premier Tempranillo region of Spain. It’s a very special viticultural site — an open river valley system about 700 metres above sea level. Warm by day, cool by night, facilitating fruit ripening and vine de-stressing. Great expression with good integration of acid and tannin, and lots of retained perfume results from the climate. Sandy soils add a fresh, chalky elegance to the tannins.

Headed by winemaker Bertrand Sourdais, ‘Hernando y Sourdais’ is located in the sub-region of Soria in eastern Ribera del Duero (dry, cold and very remote). The project works with pre-phylloxera vines from antique vineyards organically grown at up to 1000m.

Glossy, sweet’n’sour blackberry nose with brambly ‘red tobacco’ over black pepper husk, cranberry and dark rocky earth. Juicy plushness with crunch, minerality and earthy acidity; subtle oak; quality savoury-nutty fruit tannins. Simple, direct and delicious with a lovely finishing note. The first release from a new project.

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