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Tarima Hill Winery seeks to reflect the essence of its terroir in each bottle, with an emblem that captures this delicate balance – the passion fruit flower. Its intricate details and mesmerizing qualities symbolize their carefully crafted MONASTRELL wines from D.O Alicante’s Sierra de la Sima region where winters are frosty and snow-covered at higher elevations yet summers blaze hot by day before dramatically cooling off come nightfall; a rather temperate continental climate influenced by Mediterranean breezes receiving mere inches of rain per year on shallow limestone soils interspersed with bits of chalk make up these ideal winegrowing conditions.
APPELLATION: D. O. Alicante
GRAPE VARIETAL: 100% Monastrell
VITICULTURE: Traditional dry farmed viticulture. Goblet trained vines. Cultivated completely by hand, with minimal human intervention. Harvested by hand.
SOILS: The soil is dry and shallow, and is primarily composed of limestone, which is the mother rock. The soil is
intermixed with large chunks of pure chalk. The largest marble quarry in Europe is located near our vineyards,
testament to the chalky quality of the soils. Marble is the product of chalk, or calcium carbonate, that has been
compressed over a very long period of time.
CLIMATE: Continental, with some Mediterranean influence. A very unique microclimate that is the result of the
convergence of the three previously mentioned mountain ranges, combined with the high altitudes, that are
unique to this sub-region of Alicante.
HARVEST: Beginning of October
WINEMAKING: The grapes are sorted meticulously at the winery. All of the vineyards are vinified in separate lots
in order to take advantage of the unique characteristics of each site. Maceration and fermentation takes place in
3T-5T open stainless steel fermenters. The wine is pressed sweet in a vertical basket press very slowly over the
course of twelve hours. It is transferred to the finest new French oak Burgundy and Bordeaux barrels to finish
the primary fermentation and malolactic.
AGING: 14 months in primarily new French oak Bordelaise and Burgundy barrels and some second use barrels.
WINEMAKER: Rafael Cañizares
750ML /12 pack