It all starts with our vines, our extremely old vines. We work vineyards that were planted a long time ago, the oldest one going back to 1900. These old vineyards yield grapes with a unique concentration and balance. Without them, we would be lost.
GARNACHA (GRAPE VARIETY)
Underappreciated, misunderstood, uprooted all over Spain. But we love this variety for its capacity to combine quality with a most enjoyable drinkability. Juicy and spicy, a soft mouthfeel. And we don’t pick early ‘to preserve acidity’ or what would be worse ‘to create elegance’. We pick when the grapes are perfectly ripe and deliver optimum flavour concentration. We don’t mind a bit of alcohol because the Cierzo (see below) lends a helping hand.
Good wines are born in good places. The village of Liédena lies in the northern part of Navarra called Baja Montaña, from where you can see the snow-covered peaks of the Pyrenees. However, the altitude isn’t the important part. Instead, it’s the Cierzo, a cold wind that comes down from the mountains, preserving acidity in the grapes, bringing freshness into our wines.
No good wine without good people. The starting point is a small group of grape growers in and around Liédena who decided to preserve their old vines. It continues with us:
Ferdinand Mayr, winegrower in Austria and lecturer at the Weinakademie Österreich, and
Frank Smulders, Master of Wine from the Netherlands, consultant, teacher and long-time expert in wines from Spain,
who together teamed up with the people from Liédena to produce wines we love as much as we love the area and its people.
NUESTROS VINOS (OUR WINES)
Ugasti tinto 2020:
Unique! A fieldblend coming from a 0,49 ha small parcel planted in 1900 with 9 varieties. Garnacha dominated with roughly 70%, the remainder consisting of Garnacha Roja, Moristel, Mazuela, Parraleta, Mandregue, Alicante Bouschet, Morate, and the white Castellana Blanca. Harvested and vinified together, fermentation in stainless steel. Ageing in used oak barrels for one year. Alcohol 14,6 vol%. Harvest on September 28th.
Txiki means ‘small’ in Bask language, as indeed it is our Tinto Joven, our young red wine. Fruit driven, pure Garnacha in the glass, no oak at all. Yet it has delicious and fine tannins, making it so much more than just a light fruity wine. Drink young and lightly chilled! Harvested on September 29th from a 45 year old vineyard in the village of Tabar. Alcohol 14,3 vol.%.
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Frank Smulders MW:
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