2011 Alidis 6 meses, Ribera Del Duero
The village of Mambrilla de Castrejón, in the province of Burgos, Spain, has its origins in the Middle Ages, having been founded during the peace of the second half of the 11th Century. Its historical name, Mambrilla, comes from one of the nearby hills to the north, La Mambla. The second part of its name, Castrejon, comes from another nearby hill, the Santa María, which is crowned by a castle, or “castro.”
The agrarian repopulation taking place at the time, although weakened by the Catholic Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, ran parallel to an increase in the number of inhabitants. People move out of the castle, where ceramics of that period can still be found, and settle on the fertile banks of the neighbouring springs.
Here, Romanesque is to leave its mark in the local church and hermitages known as the “Humilladero” and the “Castrejona.” Columns in the classic style still help support the portico of the latter. They are witnesses who did not give in to the strength of the Late Gothic, nor the Salomonic appearance of altarpieces adorned with green tendrils and golden clusters of grapes.
Wine, hunting, and wild bulls were their main sources of wealth. Grapevines covered most of the cultivated land until the Philoxera plague at the end of the 19th Century savagely did away with a large part of the vineyards.
Parroquial documents dating back to the 16th Century mention tithes consisting of the fine wine made in the wineries surrounding the town. The surname “ARRANZ” appears as early as that century. And it continues to figure among the 113 inhabitants of Mambrilla documented in 1788, and among the 170 that live in the village in 1900.
At the end of the 20th Century, “Viña Mambrilla” still reflects the tradition of its ancestors. “Primitivo” is the father of the new generation of the ARRANZ BROTHERS, who have always made their wines with utmost care and attention.
The company “Viña Mambrilla S.L.,” is formed by the Arranz brothers, mainly Fortunato and his sons Rodrigo and Sergio. Together they proudly raise the torch of grape-growers, with their fifty hectares of select vines, some of them planted more than 50 years ago. The brothers are fully convinced that they will do justice to the region, and contribute to “Ribera del Duero” one of its best products.
Following a very careful harvest, using purely traditional methods, the grapes are received at the winery, where they undergo a rigorous selection process. The selection criteria include the grade and age of the vine, and whether the grapes are for young or aged wines.
The stalks are removed before fermentation begins, and the results are wines that are very suitable for long periods of aging.
During fermentation, the must in the lower part mingles with that in the upper part, while at the same time, the temperature remains constant.
All of this is to assure that the process takes places with maximum homogeneity, so that none of the aromas naturally present in the must are lost.
When the fermentation has finished, the wine is filtered; once the solid matter has been removed, the wine is placed in storage tanks, where it is subject to quality control.
Our wines are made in accordance with strict control standards which monitor the temperatures for controlled fermentation as well as the proper temperature for storage.
The Mambrilla winery uses modern, stainless steel tanks, as well as the most recent filtering systems and cold stabilisation methods. This is what gives our wines the quality and prestige for which they are known.
Perhaps the most difficult part of creating a great wine is proper aging. The oak barrels must be carefully chosen, and then they must rest quietly, with no hurry whatsoever, between the necessary decantings.