Dominio de Pingus 2017 'Pingus' Ribera Del Duero DO
Item Number: 13684
Region: Castilla y Leon
Sub Region: Ribera del Duero
Appellation/AVA: Ribera del Duero DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Tempranillo
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Limestone-rich clay and gravel
While other Spanish wines have achieved international recognition, Pingus is one of the very few that has joined the ranks of the world’s most coveted wines. There is no other wine in the world, let alone Spain, that is quite like Pingus, and that singularity is one of the fundamental requirements for great wine. It balances otherworldly richness with a rare sense of elegance.
Vintage Notes: The 2017 season was a challenge. Limited winter precipitation left the soils with little moisture reserves, and then a devastating April frost cost ~25% of Pingus, and 50% of Flor production. In some ways, the shortened crop was a blessing, as drought conditions meant that a full crop might not have ripened completely. Happily, Peter was able to bring in a short crop of fully-ripe fruit. He credits 10+ years of Biodynamic farming with helping his vines adapt, and even thrive, when other growers will have harvested some green-n-lean wines in the 2017 vintage.
Fruit Source: A selection of old vine Tempranillo from two ancient La Horra vineyards: Barroso (2.5ha) and San Cristobal (1.5ha).
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are 100% destemmed. Pingus ferments with native yeast in open-top wood tanks. It ages for 18-24 months in 2nd passage barrels with minimal rackings. Peter credits 15+ years of biodynamic farming for Pingus’ unique texture and personality, and for allowing him to cut the percentage of new wood employed to zero. The wine is not fined or filtered before bottling. The addition of sulfites is as low as possible and changes depending on vintage.