Conde d San Cristobal Flamingo Rose 2020
A clean expressive wine, with a floral bouquet, cherry and currant aromas and notes of yogurt. With a salmon pink colour, Provençal style, it surprises with its freshness on the palate, with good acidity and persistent structure. A rosé with the soul of a red which maintains the essence and character typical of the Ribera del Duero D.O. region.
A “de lágrima” or free-run rosé wine made with grapes from the “Camino del Ropero” plot, fresh and voluptuous thanks to its ageing on lees.
Flamingo Rosé is made with 100% Tinta Fina (Tempranillo) from our highest altitude vineyards at 900 m, just on the highest terrace of the Douro River. The soil is made up of gravel and clay based sandy texture. Handpicked harvest with a strict fruit selection in the vineyard. The destemmed grapes are taken to the press where only free run juice is extracted. The must is the result of decantation by gravity during 48 hours. The alcoholic fermentation takes place at 17 ºC with the clean must and indigenous yeast. Afterwards the wine is aged on the lees during 4 months before being bottled.
The 2020 harvest will go down in history as one of the most complicated years for the vineyards. An autumn with heavy rain and a February that was warmer than normal, combined to cause a movement of sap and, as a result, budding of the vineyard some 15-20 days earlier than usual. Spring and summer were marked by abundant rainfall which made the planning and strategy of work in the vineyard essential in order for the grape to reach harvest in the best state of health. Organic treatment of the vineyard proved highly effective in preventing a loss of grapes.
The ripening of the grape was delayed in September as a result of a drop in temperatures accompanied by rain during the middle of the month, with optimum ripeness arriving at the beginning of October. This year, more than ever, careful de-leafing, trimming and the removal of bunches were key to ensuring perfect ripening and good healthy fruit