A few kilometers downriver from the western border of Ribera del Duero, on gentle south-facing slopes carved over centuries by […]Keep Reading
A few kilometers downriver from the western border of Ribera del Duero, on gentle south-facing slopes carved over centuries by the Duero, is Quinta Sardonia. The potential of this site was recognized by Peter Sisseck and Jerome Bougnaud, who were involved in the development of Quinta Sardonia shorty before its founding in 1998. Fully biodynamic from inception and covering 17 hectares on eleven different calcareous terroirs, this ambitious project permitted Peter Sisseck to employ his years of experience in neighboring Ribera del Duero, to implement his viticultural ideals unencumbered by tradition or the decisions of generations before him. The result is a youthful vineyard that produces wines of remarkable complexity and vibrancy relying mainly on Tinto Fino and Cabernet Sauvignon but also incorporating Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.
Ripeness and balance are achieved through careful vineyard management assisted by the elevation of the site (650–875 meters above sea level.) Vineyard work is manual and native co-fermentations results in wines with lifted aromatics and lengthy finishes. The estate wine is a blend of roughly half Tinto Fino, a quarter to a third Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder comprised of Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Aged for 18 months in 100% French oak that is 50% new and 50% second fill it is a bold, smoky and meaty wine with notable balance and finesse. The second wine of the property, QS2, is mainly Tinto Fino with up to 20% of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Aged in used French oak and amphorae, it is more red fruit than black or blue, velvety on the palate with a floral vibrancy and long finish.Close