The fruit for OTOÑAL Reserva comes from our vineyards in both Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta. Average age for vines is around 25 years and the soil patterns in our vineyards are a combination of the well-known limestone/clay/alluvial mix to be found in most of Central Rioja.
Approximately, the mix of grapes is 90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo and 5% Garnacha
Maceration time was 13 days with daily pumping over in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 29ºC.
Malolactic fermentation took place in concrete tanks.
Barrel ageing was done in 225-litre oak casks, of which 65% were made of American wood (the rest being French Allier), and it lasted for 18 months with regular racking. The barrels where ageing took place were all from brand new to 7 years of age.
Once fining and bottling were done, the wine remained in our bottle cellar for 18 months before we started to release it.