In 1998, 3 winemakers and friends Margarita Madrigal, Gonzalo Rodriguez and Alexandra Schmedes founded MAS QUE VINOS - a wine consulting firm, taking them to work for wineries across Spain. Their expierence is based on many years of work in Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Italy, Germany, France and South Africa. In 1999 they came to Dosbarrios (Toledo), Gonzalo's hometown. Seeing the great potential of the vineyards of the area they launched their own winery project, BODEGAS ERCAVIO, basing their philosophy on the use of the indigenous grape varieties to make high quality wine. They renovated an old family winery (from 1851) and in 2007 the construction of the new winery in Cabañas de Yepes (a short distance from Dosbarrios) was completed.
The area of the villages Dosbarrios and Cabañas de Yepes is called the Meseta de Ocaña and is located 60 km. east of Toledo. The climate is continental. Winters are very cold and dry and summers are very warm. Due to the high altitude (750 meters) the warm summer days are accompanied by cool nights - ideal conditions for perfect ripening of the grapes. The main varieties are Cencibel (Tempranillo), Garnacha and Airén. Currently 20 hectares are planted in the Finca Horcajo and they are cultivated organically. the wine 100% Airén Old bush vines of the local variety, Airén. In the spring a drastic green harvest is done, leaving only one bunch per vine. Vines are 40-70 years of age, and are found at about 750 meters on limestone and clay soils. Handpicked at the end of September/beginning of October. Cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 6-8 weeks. Alcohol: 13%
Delightfully light and crisp, the 2011 Ercavio Blanco has zesty grapefruit and citrus aromas. The wine is surprisingly complex with flavors of Granny Smith apples, pears, grass, and wildflowers with a tonic finish.
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