Astrales 2016

The supreme expression of Tinta Fina

 

  • Grape Variety: Tinto Fino 100%
  • Alcohol Content: 15% vol.
  • Vineyards Location: Anguix (Burgos), average of the vines 45 years.
  • Type of Soil: Clay – calcareous and stony.
  • Yield: 3.500 Kg per ha.
  • Production Process: Grapes are hand sorted. Gravity fed into 50hl vats where fermentation takes place with native yeasts. Fermentation and maceration for 15 days.
  • Ageing: 18 months mainly in French oak barrels.
  • Date of bottling: July 2018

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2016 Vintage

A vintage of excellent quality for Los Astrales, characterized by a mild and relatively dry winter, with a start of fresh and wet spring that caused a slight delay in the budding of the vineyard. There were no significant spring frosts and no major summer storms. The months of June and July showed higher than normal temperatures and a certain drought, which resulted in a healthy, well ripened and well-balanced harvest.

Tasting Notes

Astrales 2015 stands out for its intense nose of black fruits, spices, balsamic and toasted notes, with great balance, a lingering finish on the palate, great intensity and backbone, finishing with a firm and fine tannicity, allowing excellent ageing over the coming years.

 

Ratings and Awards

 

95 pts Guide Wine Week 2019 “It has moderated the sweet excesses (toffee, vanilla) of previous vintages and is fresher and more balanced”.

93,5 pts and CIVAS Gold Medal in the AkataVino CIVAS 2019 Awards

92 pts James Suckling

91 pts Guía Peñín

Astrales 2015

A wine that will mark a period

 

  • Grape Variety: Tinto Fino 100%
  • Alcohol Content: 15% vol.
  • Vineyards Location: Anguix (Burgos), average of the vines 45 years..
  • Type of Soil: Clay – calcareous and stony.
  • Yield: 3.500 Kg per ha.
  • Production Process: Grapes are hand sorted. Gravity fed into 50hl vats where fermentation takes place with native yeasts. Fermentation and maceration for 15 days.
  • Ageing: 18 months mainly in French oak barrels.
  • Date of bottling: July 2017

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2015 Vintage

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 2015 stands out for its intense nose of black fruits, spices, balsamic and toasted notes, with great balance, a lingering finish on the palate, great intensity and backbone, finishing with a firm and fine tannicity, allowing excellent ageing over the coming years.

 

Ratings and Awards

 

95 pts Vivir el Vino (Spain)  “Long finish where the typical tannins of the Ribera are kept, balanced.”

94 pts James Suckling

93 pts View from the Cellar “On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, nascently complex and very well-balanced”

93 pts Guía ABC (Spain)

92 pts Robert Parker

92 pts Guia Peñin  “A wine full of flavours and nuances”

92 pts Guía Gourmet “Tasteful, balanced, fresh, correct structure”

91 pts Wine Enthusiast “Drink through 2030”

91 pts Guia Proensa “Quality tannins, tasty, expressive, ample”

Previous vintages

Astrales 2014

A pleasure of wine

 

  • Grape Variety: Tinto Fino 100%
  • Alcohol Content: 15% vol.
  • Vineyards Location: Anguix (Burgos), average of the vines 45 years..
  • Type of Soil: Clay – calcareous and stony.
  • Yield: 3.500 Kg per ha.
  • Production Process: Grapes are hand sorted. Gravity fed into 50hl vats where fermentation takes place with native yeasts. Fermentation and maceration for 15 days.
  • Ageing: 18 months mainly in French oak barrels.
  • Date of bottling: July 2016

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2014 Vintage

A vintage of great quality for Los Astrales, marked by a relatively rain 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 2014 stands out for its intense nose of black fruits, spices, balsamic and toasted notes, with great balance, a lingering finish on the palate, great intensity and backbone, finishing with a firm and fine tannicity, allowing excellent ageing over the coming years.

 

Ratings and Awards

95 pts Gourmet Wine Guide 2018 “Tasty, well-structured, lively.”

95 pts Wine Review Online by Michael Franz

93 pts Guide Peñín 2018 “Powerful, ripe fruit.”

92 pts Robert Parker – 28/02/2017 “Elegant and polished.”

92 pts Vinous – May 2017 “I like the vivacity of this wine.”

92 pts James Suckling – 24/07/2017 “Powerful palate.”

91 pts Wine Spectator – 30/07/2017 “Meaty.”

More awards:
95 pts Proensa Guide 2017 “Tasty, balanced, full-bodied.”
93 pts Guide to Wine Week 2017 “Fresh, balanced and rich in nuances.”
91 pts No Bad Uva 2017 “Wide and Magnificent Balance.”
90 pts El País 2016 “With structure and great fruit load.”