Quinta Sardonia 2013


Quinta Sardonia

  • Biodynamic
Product code
6 x 750ml
Listing type
Regulated designation
Castilla y Leon
Tinto Fino 69 %
Cabernet Sauvignon 25 %
Merlot 5 %
Syrah 1 %
Closure type
Length of aging
19 Months
Winery's website

About this winery

Rías Baixas is a relatively new D.O. (established in 1988) along the Spanish-Portuguese border in northwest Spain. The grape of choice here is Albariño, which is possibly Spain's most intriguing white grape variety. It has begun to command considerable attention from knowledgeable consumers worldwide. Cool and coastal this region is a far cry from the landscapes we usually think of when contemplating Spanish wine. Granite soils and high winds mark the region; in fact the winds are so strong...

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Notes about product

In order to achieve the perfect balance between the soil climate vine and natural environment, the viticulture must respect the 'rhythm' and principles of biodynamics. This encourages a great diversity of microorganisms and insects that influence the healthy development and expression of the grapes.

Winemaking notes

The finest bunches were brought into the winery where the grape varieties were combined before fermentation. The grapes were placed in a vat with 5-8% of them in whole bunches (depending on the soil), in order to enhance the wine's aromatic potential and provide tension and excitement on the palate through the mature stalks. Fermentation was brought on by a starter culture of native yeasts. The temperature and the vatting times were carefully managed during the maceration process in order to achieve a gentle and precise extraction via infusion. The malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place spontaneously in barrels (some of which were new and some previously used for one vintage). After 19 months' of ageing, 22% of the wine went into new French oak barrels and the rest in barrels previously used for one vintage. The wine underwent a light filtration before bottling. The QS 2013 blend is made up of wines derived from the estates calcareous soils, with a small proportion of wine derived from gypsum soils that adds personality and character to the end wine.

Tasting notes

Earthy notes of thyme, rosemary and spices. Soon violet and blackcurrant aromas, against a backdrop of black liquorice, start to come through. The palate shows this same breadth and character, along with notes of plum, pepper and thyme against a backdrop of chocolate and smoke. Firm tannins take us through to a very mineral finish - this wine possesses power, nice length and excellent bottle-ageing potential.

Press reviews

Wine Advocate

- 94 points -

February 2017

The 2013 Quinta Sardonia was cropped from a challenging year when they learned more than in any other vintage. They had to harvest a little earlier to avoid botrytis, and they saw that it represented no problem. In fact, they kept the practice for future vintages. Since 2012 they never use new barriques for this wine, they use the new carrels with the other wines. They also started using some 1,200-liter oak foudres, except for the Cabernet that is always aged in barrique. The blend changes slightly from year to year, as they always think in terms of soils rather than varietals. This year the bottled wine has slightly lower alcohol than in previous years. The nose is serious, quite Bordeaux, with spicy aromas, more of a cool-climate character, with a minty touch and a spark that lifts it up. I clearly noticed the input from the Cabernet Sauvignon. I think this wine has changed since 2012. The tannins are very fine and with a chalky texture from the limestone soils, which are the ones selected for this wine. This is softer and more elegant than the vintages of yesteryear. Some 22,000 bottles produced.

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