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Rolland-Galarreta is a duet of two complementary but different characters. Michel Rolland is the most famous aenologist in the world, capable of extracting from every winemaking landscape the essence of the subsoil and plant maturation secrets. Javier Galarreta accumulates long experience, knowing which wines are more attracted and understood by the consumer. A “hound” taster who knows what it feels like to be wine buyer.
The first incursion of the illustrious couple is in Ribera del Duero, a red wine, coming from old vineyards with an average age of 35, cultivated at an altitude of 915 meters above sea level that, in this area of Castile means to challenge the climate, pushing the cultivation to the limit. They have looked on these landscapes for the poorest stony soils vineyards, with a high content of active limestone, natural ingredient to achieve potent but elegant wines. .
It is made with 85% Tempranillo, a grape that adds the territory character, and with 15% Merlot, which softens its structure and provides it certain elegance. The clusters went through a double selection process, first in the vineyard and then on the selection table. The stems were separated from the grapes without squeezing them, with exhaustive control during long macerations at low temperatures. The grape juice was created by free running off made by gravity, in order to obtain optimum colour and tannins extraction, an essential practice to achieve a base that allows wine safe ageing. Pneumatic and vertical presses were used, while the malolactic fermentation was carried out in French oak barrels of less than 4 years to moderate the intensity of the oak flavour of a new wood. This wine was aged in French oak barrels for 10 months.
It is a pleasant, balanced wine with marked fruity sensations, with a cherry maroon colour of medium intensity, with perfect association between oak smoky nuances and black fruit notes, which will surprise you.