Airós (Airy in english) like summer afternoons in the vineyards of Vallbona de les Monges. With a fresh and lively character, this wine is a reflection of the landscape of the Vall del Corb and is also another step in the journey of L’Olivera: it is our first rosé wine that we have made, exploring the qualities and characteristics of the Grenache grape.
This rosé wine gathers the experience acquired in the elaboration of Garnatxa in red wines and shows us its versatility to make it into a rosé wine that is a genuine expression of this variety, very adapted in Vall del Corb and which constitutes an identity feature. Subtle and delicate, with a spicy and original profile of a Grenache of a certain height (600 meters) that we have been discovering for years.
ORIGIN: Vineyards from different municipalities in the Corb River Valley subzone of the Costers del Segre DO. Plots characterised by the drystone walls that surround the vineyards, preserving the fertility of the soil and the efficiency of the water.
SOIL: Chalky clay soil with variable levels of stoniness and depth.
CLIMATE: The climate is continental Mediterranean, with cold dry winters and hot summers tempered by the soft evening breeze blowing in from the sea that cools the night, particularly during the ripening season. The scarce rainfall is concentrated in autumn and spring (350-450 mm yearly).
Organic farming. Manual harvest in crates of 10-12 kg.
Direct pressing of a part of the Grenache with a slight maceration in the press itself. The other part of Grenaches is the result of bleeding from a pigeage deposit after 48 hours. In both cases, the must ferments in a tank at a controlled temperature.
2022 vintage: 1,395 bottles
Characteristics of the 2022 vintage
The 2022 vintage was very complicated at an agronomic level: spring frosts, very little rainfall (30% below the average of recent years) and several exceptional episodes of days with temperatures above 35ºC, with average temperatures above the norm. All these elements led to limited plant development and a considerable reduction in production (between 30 and 40% lower the average in our rainfed viticulture conditions). These extreme conditions of heat and drought forced us to advance the harvest a lot to maintain the balance of the grapes. We started it unsually early on August 16th and finished it on September 26th. The conditions of drought and low humidity allowed, at least, to obtain a grape in ideal sanitary conditions and without any fungal or disease damage.
Viticulture and wine processing
Certified organic dry land farming. Harvested manually and in a small boxes of 10-12 kilos. This rosé wine is the result of two different elaborations: on the one hand, a direct pressing of a part of the Grenache (mostly from the Nalec Forests) with a slight maceration in the press itself. On the other hand, the other part of Grenaches form Vall del Corb is the result of bleeding from a pigeage deposit after 48 hours. Then, in both cases, the must ferments in a tank at a controlled temperature until it is bottled.
Alcohol content: 13%
Total acidity: 4.03 g/l (sulphuric acid)
Volatile acidity: 0.40 g/l
Residual sugar: 3.3 g/l (glucose+fructose)
Total sulphur: 66 mg/l
Brilliant pale pink colour. On the nose it is subtle and elegant with the aromas of wild strawberries and cherry, notes of aniseed and a touch of pastry cream stand out. Silky on the palate, with some volume and freshness and an intense aftertaste. Airós is perfect for enjoying at any time. Perfect to accompany cold dishes and hors d’oeuvres, it combines very well with any type of pasta o next to a pizza.