Winery: Señorío de Nava
Brand: San Cobate
Designation: DO Ribera del Duero – Gumiel de Mercado – Burgos
Type: Red wine Reserva
Type of grapes: 100% Tempranillo
Time of ageing: 12 months in concrete deposits with daily pumping over. After that, maleolactic processes take place in the same deposits.
Vineyards and elaboration
Grapes arrive at the winery and, as soon as they are received, they are selected again, destemmed and subtly crushed. Alcoholic fermentation is spontaneous with native yeasts. No oenological products are added. The most important aspect of this project is to respect natural processes of the biochemical reactions that occur at each stage. Vinifications are carried out in concrete tanks.
The wine ages in two phases. The first is in barrels of different volumes, mostly French oak. After that, San Cobate wine is assembled in larger capacity vats. The woods used are of various uses, so that toasting is not perfumed and does not mask the flavours, aromas and fruit obtained in this wine.
The soil is calcareous clay and the planting rows are oriented to north and south, resulting in very good ripening, achieving high levels of tannins and polyphenols, and therefore wines with a good aptitude for long ageing.
In 2016, Antonio Vázquez Muñoz-Calero started an exciting project in San Cobate with the aim of making wines that respect the personality of their smallholdings and their different soils to the maximum, giving a discreet role to the wood of their carefully selected barrels so that the terroir and the fruit are the main characters of these wines.
Convinced of land, nature and climate of the region respect, Antonio Vázquez, with the unconditional support of his family, decided to promote the values that distinguish the future of the winery: effort, dedication, honesty, patience and rigour. With these objectives in mind, they have recovered the vineyards, classified the estate into four very distinct smallholdings, created terraces in the Portuguese “Douro” style, and they only make wine following a traditional and unhurried way.