Cherry red with purple highlights.
Red and black fruit aromas with a predominance of blackberries and redcurrants, accompanied by subtle resinous notes on a background of cinnamon and black pepper.
Broad, silky and fresh, which, together with its fruit expression on the palate make it a well-balanced and very complex wine. Long finish, with polished tannins.
The history of Raimat goes back to 1914, when Manuel Raventós i Domènech acquired a plot of arid and unfertile land in a unique setting, converting it into what it is today: 2,245 hectares of 100% certified organic vineyards. Raimat is the expression of wines from Lleida, a land renowned for the quality of its fruit, where the continental climate means that the grapes from this estate give intense and flavourful wines. The winery is a pioneer in the use of the latest growing and winemaking technology, making a clear commitment to sustainable viticulture and to respecting the land and the environment.
Selected Raimat parcels, all organic, were used to make this single varietal wine.
Selected Raimat parcels, all organic, were used to make this single varietal wine. Pre-fermentative cold maceration was carried out to enhance the fruit aromas in the wine and improve the structure and colour. It was fermented with the skins in stainless steel tanks over 10 days at a controlled temperature of 25-27 ºC. During this time pumping-overs were carried out at different intensities and frequencies to extract the grape's best qualities. Once fermentation was completed, the wine was left in contact with the skins in the aim of improving the extraction of the aroma, colour and structure. Once pre-fermentative maceration had completed, the wine was separated from the skins, pressed and then malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks. Once completed, part of the blend spent three months in French and American oak barrels to soften the tannins and add toasted notes to the final wine.
The grapes come exclusively from Raimat's own vineyards, farmed on the Raimat estate using organic practices.
The grapes come exclusively from Raimat's own vineyards, farmed on the Raimat estate using organic practices. The vines grow on moderately deep (1-1.5m) clay-loam soils with a profusion of stones, many of which are calcareous in nature, along with granite in some cases. The low rainfall in the region makes supplementary watering essential. Controlled deficit irrigation is used, allowing just the right amount of water to be supplied at each growth phase of the grapes. This is how we achieve a high expression of the typical fruit of the Cabernet Sauvignon variety. The organic farming practices consist of planting the ground with a cover of managed vegetation to promote biodiversity and favour the proliferation of beneficial insects that help to combat pests, as well as avoiding soil erosion. No insecticides are used, and the effect of these natural predators is enhanced with sexual confusion techniques. Fungicidal disease pressure is reduced thanks to pruning and the thinning of green grapes to improve airflow and the access of sunlight into the grape area, allowing them to ripen uniformly.
The 2019 harvest is considered to be one of the best in the last 20 years. The grapes enjoyed an excellent level of health with no pests or disease at all. This was something we were particularly thankful for this year, as Raimat's vines are farmed organically. The summer was dry and not especially hot, except a short heat wave at the end of the season. The weather during the all-important ripening period was exceptional. There was almost a complete absence of rain and the nights were particularly cold, which allowed each vine to be harvested at optimum ripeness. The mild temperatures at the end of summer and start of autumn delayed the ripening of the black grape varieties, ensuring they reached the correct level of phenolic ripeness, allowing each variety to be picked at the desired ripeness and in perfect health.