Characteristics of Moncaíno
Moncaíno is a red wine from V.T. Valdejalón made by Viñedos de Mancuso, a winery founded in 2000 by the Navascués family and Carlos San Pedro. They state that there are no signature wines; the wines must have authors as many people participate in the process, and it is not an individual process.
The climate is a factor that has to be taken into account when they are trying to make a wine that is influenced by the ripening of the grapes. In this area, the climate is continental.
The average annual temperature is 12ºC and the rate of rainfall is 490mm.
This wine is a single variety Grenache grown on vines between 50 and 80 years old located close to Moncayo, in the province of Zaragoza. The vines are north facing and can be found at an altitude of 800 metres above sea level.
The vines are planted on steep slopes and hill sides in slate soils with low fertility but a great organic richness.
The viticulture is a little interventionist in order to preserve the original essence of the Grenache.
As for the production, there is a long pre-fermentation cold maceration in order to achieve the best extraction of colour and tannins. Afterwards, the wine undergoes an alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel deposits at a temperature of 30ºC. The post-fermentation maceration takes place for 30 days while the wine rests in contact with its skins.
Finally, Moncaíno ages in French and American oak barrels for 7 months.