LUDOVICUS BY CVA
Terra Alta, Spain
"The vineyards are located a few miles south and west of Priorat, within the Terra Alta DO in Catalynya's Terragona province in northeastern Spain. In this remote region, the winemaking tradition dates back to the Romans, around the 2nd or 3rd century. The vineyards are located near the town of Batea, situated at 356m elevation. The soils are composed of 95% limestone and 5% clay. The hot day and warm-to-moderate night temperatures make Terra Alta a drier, warmer region than Monsant or Priorat.
The grapes are picked and brought to the winery in the early morning hours, and bunches are de-stemmed and crushed. Prior to fermentation, the must undergoes maceration for 4 days in 10,000 liter tanks at a cool temperature. Once fermenation begins, maceration on the skins takes 25 days. Aftwerwards, malolactic fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged for 4 months in 300 liter French and American oak barrels." -Chambers Wine Merchants