**THIS WINE IS BEING BOUGHT IN TO SPECIAL ORDER ONLY: THE ORDER HAS NOW BEEN PLACED, BUT LIMITED SPARE STOCK WILL ALSO BE ARRIVING. WINES HAVE BEEN DELAYED AND WILL NOW ARRIVE WITH US AND CUSTOMERS BY THE END OF MAY (owing to the well-publicised - but rectified - situation that has befallen importer, Conviviality). This does mean that orders for this wine that include other products will necessarily wait until this wine arrives. If you would like your other bottles to arrive before the Protos, it will alas attract a separate postage charge unless we can optimise parcel numbers such that the wait for the Protos does not entail an extra delivery overall. At our ultra-low margins, we cannot avoid this **
See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Protos "27" 2015 - fiche technique
To commemorate their 90th anniversary and their first vintage, Protos have recovered their first label for a very special (yet very affordable) release, following 10 years of research in a) viticultural techniques, b) oak barrel characterization and c) indigenous /natural yeasts.
These have emerged and resulted in this unique fine wine. The project researching indigenous yeastshas been one of the most ambitious ones in the history of Bodegas Protos. The objective: using their own yeasts allows the expression in this wine of the real characteristics of Tinto Fino (the local name for the Ribera del Duero clone of Tempranillo) and their different vineyards.
The Tinto Fino comes from from vineyards in excess of 50 years of age and at an altitude of around 850m, located in the Roa-La Horra–Anguix triangle, where the oldest known plots of Ribera del Duero are planted. Soils are clay-based, with occasional chalky concretions.
Hand harvested in small crates of 20 kg. Grapes were cold stored before the selection of the best bunches by hand at two sorting tables. After a few days of pre-fermentation, skin contact/cold maceration (to obtain the most delicate aromas available), alcoholic fermentation took place in 15,000 kg stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 25ºC. After 3 weeks of fermentation and maceration, pumping over/pigeage of the wine several times a day, the wine was stored in premium French oak barrels, where malolactic fermentation took place.
The Protos '27 was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels and then one year in the bottle in the winery.
The Protos '27 is intense, complex and elegant on the nose, with a broad range of aromas: black fruit (esp plums/damsons), toasted and vanilla notes; these are well integrated with tertiary aromas like toffee and liquorice. In the mouth its persistence, concentration, roundness and balance reveal a high-end wine for long-term aging that will improve in the bottle for a good time (estimated 10 years).
(re the 2014 vintage) "A classically-styled wine that has plenty of ripe fruit with plums and chocolate on the nose. Smooth tannins. This wine builds nicely. Drink now". James Sucking 90 points
(re the 2014 vintage) "Cherry and boysenberry flavors mingle with black olive and smoky notes in this plush red. Features light, firm tannins and balsamic acidity. A bit reserved, but balanced, with good depth. Drink now through 2024. 900 cases made". Wine Spectator 91 points