Winery: Alonso & Pedrajo
Brand: La Pequeñita
Designation: D.O.Ca. Rioja
Type of grapes: 75% Maturana Blanca + 25% Maturana tinta.
Time of ageing: 150 días de crianza sobre sus propias lías finas.
Vineyard and elaboration
It has young vineyards of Maturana blanca and Maturana tinta.
The viticulture is responsible and reasoned with minimal intervention, taking great care of the vineyard. No chemical fertilisers, herbicides or synthetic chemical products are used. The grapes are harvested manually.
The rosé comes from the co-fermentation of Maturana Blanca and Tinta. The vatting of the partially-crushed white grapes is introduced into the tank without any kind of adjustment. Spontaneous fermentation begins slowly and whole bunches of Maturana Tinta are added to the tank. The tank is partially drained halfway through fermentation in clay vats and the tank is refilled with grape juice until the fermentation is complete. Without pumping or stirring, it enables a slow carbonic maceration of red grapes for 3 weeks. The maceration is done with the skins for 78 days, followed by the pouring of the wine and the gentle pressing of skins in a vertical press. The lees are stirred weekly to induce natural decanting. There is a light filtration prior to bottling. It is a minimal intervention wine, without any kind of additives.
The Alonso & Pedrajo winery was born from a close and long-standing friendship between two families who encouraged each other to start their dream of making their own wine.
Theory was put into practice in 2011. They chose the land and, in October 2013, they started the first harvests.
They have not yet travelled very far, but it has been a very intense journey. They are characterised by respecting and minimal intervening cultivation and winemaking techniques, which allows them to make wines that seek to surprise with their character and originality, but without forgetting the origin of their grapes, the most western Rioja in the foothills of the Obarenes Mountains, in Villalba de Rioja.
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