Variety: Mourvedre 92%, Garnacha 8%
Terroir: sand and chalk; 825 meters in elevation
Winemaking: practicing organic; bush trained vines; traditional fermentation; aged in a combination of barrique and demi-muid; a few are new but most are 2nd and 3rd passage barrels from elite Burgundy producer
The Olivares’ family vineyard, Finca Hoya de Santa Ana, is a very special place. It is planted at 825 meters on very sandy soil with a high percentage of chalk. There are also a very high percentage of old vines, with the oldest planted in 1872. Because of the sandy soils of the region, the old, ungrafted, bush-pruned vines at the Bodega never succumbed to phyloxerra. Given the vine age, the high elevation which provides cool nights, and that high percentage of chalk, the resuting wines provide a great combination of good concentration and complexity, along with balanced freshness and structure.