Yecla's climate is continental dry with winters that can be extremely cold (as low as -15°C), and with equally extreme hot summers (39-42°C). This is one of the driest winegrowing areas of the world with annual precipitations between 200-300 mm. Since irrigation is limited to only a small percentage of the vineyards, conditions are often extremely challenging for the vines, and yields must be kept very low to ensure fully ripeness. Skies are often clear providing more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. Due to the high altitude and the clear star nights, temperatures often drop below 12°C at night time in the late ripening season. This prolongs the ripening period enhancing the aroma development, intensifying the colour and retaining high natural acidity. This combined with low yields results in exceptionally concentrated wines.
We have for this collection of Trenza sourced the grapes from some of the oldest low yielding vineyards, planted on prime locations and with great exposure in Campo Arriba, 12km north of the town of Yecla. The vineyards are planted on poor limey, stony soil, at an altitude of 750 to 800 meters above sea level. The Monastell and Garnacha Tintorera grapes come from +50 year old head trained bush vines, yielding 1-1.5kg per vine. The Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon come from 18-22 years, trellis trained vines which yield 1.5-2.5kg per vine