2014 Remirez de Ganuza Trasnocho
Remirez de Ganuza only works with very old vines with an average age of 60 years or older. About 90% of the vines are Tempranillo, the rest of the vineyards include Graciano, Viura and Malvasia. The vineyards are 'en gobelet' but with a support on wire so that there is a larger exposure to the sun and better photosynthesis. A unique system that Fernando developed himself.
The name Trasnocho means "Overnight" or the "Next day" and comes from an old tradition in the Rioja where in the distant past the harvested grapes were unloaded in a large concrete container (the size of a swimming pool). The first wine from the fermented grapes was called Lagrima (light wine). The next wine was called Medium and was a somewhat fuller wine. These two wines were obtained by pure gravity pressing. The third wine from this process was called Repiso which means flattened and is actually pressing by foot stamping. Once flattened, the bunches were left at night and the wine that flowed from here was called Trasnocho (the next day) and is the most beautiful of all wines. Obtained through the night without any intervention. In a distant past, the Trasnocho of a wine determined the price of the other (cheaper) versions.
The Trasnocho is a blend of 90% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano and the remaining 5% comes from the (white) grapes Viura and Malvasia. At the Remirez de Ganuza winery, the grapes for the Trasnocho undergo a strict selection, which also shows how quality-conscious but also how innovative Fernando is making absolute top wine. All grapes are harvested by hand and the grapes are first "rested" in the cooling chamber for 24 hours. First is separation from the bottom and shoulders of each bunch. Only the “los hombros” or the shoulders (the top part of the bunch of grapes) are used for the Trasnocho (and the other Reserva wines like the because these are the most ripe grapes that have seen the most sun and the most beautiful tannins.
The Trasnocho is produced very innovatively with a twist to the past. The Trasnocho works with what they call the 'vino yema'. After the fermentation, while the grapes are still in the cuvees, the wine is pressed using a bag that has the exact shape of the cuvee. This is filled with lukewarm water and this bag is then slowly lowered into the cuvee, creating a very even and friendly soft pressing and in this way the best of the grape is released.
The Trasnocho has a purple almost black color with a bright purple border. It feels young and needs time before it reveals itself, but then something happens. The nose is very spicy, with notes of cinnamon and cloves, dark chocolate, ripe and very clean fruit, blueberries and cherries with a fresh spicy note that touches the nose. It develops beautiful floral notes of violets. The palate shows a very balanced wine, round, with very fine, sweet tannins. A beautifully designed modern Rioja that must mature slowly and gracefully. Drinking window 2020-2030. For us one of the most beautiful Rioja wines - Power and elegance go hand in hand.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Winery||Remirez De Ganuza|
|Drinking as of||2020|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Flexible, Full|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|