Somos - Tintito (2018)
65% Grenache - 15% Aglianico - 7% Cabernet Franc - 7% Mataró - 6% Barbera
A compilation of predominantly Grenache with a few other bits and pieces thrown in for fun. The aim here was to create "A wine driven by primary berry fruit, savoury spice and acid line. Textural light red," according to Mauricio. Mission accomplished!
The parcels were handpicked across nearly six weeks with Grenache coming in first and Aglianico coming in last. The Grenache was predominantly fermented whole-bunch, the Aglianico was fermented carbonically, the rest of the ferments were destemmed. Fermentation was primarily carried out with native yeast though a bit of non-sacchoramyces yeast was used for two lots. Post primary fermentation, the lots were basketpressed to tank and still kept separate for maturation. A small portion of the Grenache remained in tank while the rest of the lots were racked to old barriques, puncheons and foudres for 9-12 months of aging.
Crisp, juicy, light and fragrant red high drinkability. On the nose there is red cherry, rose water, dried green herbs, similar to taste with a cherry pip and cranberry-like tang to close. Some ultra fine tannins and fresh crisp acid profile to close.
About the Winemaker:
Somos means "we are" in Spanish. The 'we' is an duo of Australian Ben Caldwell and Mexican Marco Ruiz Cantú. The Somos story began while Mauricio was studying oenology and viticulture at the University of Adelaide in 2010. Following graduation he returned to his native Mexico with a small shipment of Barossa Shiraz me made for fun and named it Juguette, a Spanish word for toy. His market was primarily friends and family but sold a bit in distribution helping to fund his trip home.