Focused on freshness, finesse and elegance rather than over extraction and over concentration. Traditional but modern at the same time, bringing one to the vineyards where it was born.
Colour: Bright clear color, opaque, ruby garnet and light at the rim.
Aroma: There’s no oak in the nose, which is ethereal and perfumed, elegant and nuanced, with notes of violets, wild berries and herbs.
Palate: The eponymous 2016 Vivaltus was really impressive. I was already amazed at the unbottled sample, and the finished wine seems even better! The palate shows ultra-refined tannins and comes through as beautifully textured, with a fine, chalky minerality, very good precision, clean and focused flavors and a long, tasty finish. This is really amazing. (WA)
Grape Varieties: 97% Tempranillo, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot mostly from old vines.
Aging: Fermented in stainless steel with neutral yeasts and aged for around 12 months in French barriques, 20% of them new.
Awards: 97pts – Decanter; 97pts – Tim Atkin; 96pts – Wine Advocate-Parker; 96pts – Guia Penin
History of Vivaltus
The Yllera family has been one of the leading wine producers in Castilla and León for decades, and in the early 2010s decided to produce a unique and timeless Ribera del Duero wine.
After years of searching for the ideal terroir, the family acquired the Vivaltus estate in 2015, located on the border of the Duero, Cuco and Esgueva valleys. With the help of French oenologist Jean-Claude Berrouet and state-of-the-art winemaking tools, considerable work was carried out to create an emblematic wine that would enhance an exceptional vineyard of old vines.
Vivaltus 2016 is made from an array of terroirs composed of old vines aged between 70 and 100 years. This terroir includes two exceptional vineyards. The Fuentenebro vineyard, located between 900 and 1,000 metres above sea level, has decomposed granite and red clay soils that provide the wines with an elegant, fruitt and a pleasant natural acidity. The La Aguilera terroir, with sandy and clay-limestone soils, is located between 840 and 870 metres above sea level and is known for bringing elegance and freshness to the blend.
With a freshness of rare finesse and elegance, Vivaltus reveals a new interpretation of Ribera del Duero wines and expresses all the nuances of its original terroir.