Astrales Christina 2015

The consolidation of a Ribera del Duero legend

 

  • Grape Variety: Tinto Fino 100%
  • Alcohol Content: 15% vol.
  • Vineyards Location: Selection of 100 year old bush vines from our Fuente-santa vineyard.
  • Type of soil: Clay-calcareous with stories.
  • Yields: 3.000 Kg/ha
  • Vinification: Handpicking selection. Grapes are moved by gravity to a vat of 50 hl. where the natural yeasts on the skins trigger the fermentation process, Fermentation and maceration of 15 days
  • Ageing: 18 months in new French oak barrels of extra fine grain..
  • Date of bottling: July 2017

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Vintage 2015

An excellent quality vintage for Los Astrales. The most striking note of this season has been the small size of the grapes (around 20% less than usual), which has resulted in easy ripening. On the other hand, the advance harvest and heat recorded have not had a noticeable influence on the balance of the berries, finding good amounts of sugar, but without affecting the pH and acid component, although this is based more than usual on malic acid. For its part, the phenolic ripening has been very good both in color and in tannin quality due to the long duration of the process that has allowed to besiege the tannins making them elegant.

As for the harvest itself, this one has had a short duration if we speak of its total duration, although 25% longer than usual if we take into account the data of entry of grapes between 10-90%. The way in which the grapes enter the presses has been favored by the good climatic conditions prevailing during the months of September and beginning of October, allowing the grape harvest in optimal conditions.

Tasting Notes

Astrales Christina 2015 impresses with its powerful nose of black fruits, spices, minerals and toasted notes, with hints of forest floor, together with great balance, a lingering finish on the palate, a great powerful vintage, well rounded in the maximum expression and concentration that a Tem pranil lo can offer while simultaneously it shows soft, sweet and elegant, with intense, clean and very sweet tannins. Excellent capacity for ageing over the years.

Ratings and Awards

95 pts Guía Gourmets “Powerful, structured, ample and enveloping, sweet and ripe tannin.”

95 pts Guia Proensa “Good structure, with body and firm tannins, fresh, balanced, tasty, long”

94 pts View from the Cellar “The wine is pure, full-bodied, complex and rock solid at the core, with lovely focus and balance”

94 pts Tim Atkin

93+ pts Robert Parker

93 pts James Suckling

93 pts Cellar Selection “Drink from 2020–2032”

Previous vintages

Astrales Christina 2014

A unique wine

 

  • Grape Variety: Tinto Fino 100%
  • Alcohol Content: 15% vol.
  • Vineyards Location: Selection of 100 year old bush vines from our Fuente-santa vineyard.
  • Type of soil: Clay-calcareous with stories.
  • Yields: 3.000 Kg/ha
  • Vinification: Handpicking selection. Grapes are moved by gravity to a vat of 50 hl. where the natural yeasts on the skins trigger the fermentation process, Fermentation and maceration of 15 days
  • Ageing: 18 months in new French oak barrels of extra fine grain..
  • Date of bottling: July 2016

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Vintage 2014

A vintage of great quality for Los Astrales, marked by a relatively rainy winter, and a mild spring that caused an early bud break. Summer started rather cool, although the second half temperatures were higher than usual. Rainfall during the growing season was rather low, compensated with reserves of water accumulated in the subsoil. A timely storm, without damage, around Anguix at the beginning of July, contributed an extra amount of moisture to the vineyards, which together with a slightly later harvest than the rest of the vineyards in the area, provided excellent ripeness of the grapes.

Tasting Notes

Astrales Christina 2014 impresses with its powerful nose of black fruits, spices, minerals and toasted notes, with hints of forest floor, together with great balance, a lingering finish on the palate, a great powerful vintage, well rounded in the maximum expression and concentration that a Tem pranil lo can offer while simultaneously it shows soft, sweet and elegant, with intense, clean and very sweet tannins. Excellent capacity for ageing over the years.