‘El Pedal’ Tempranillo is made from grapes grown in vineyards belonging to the Hernáiz family in the villages located in Rioja Alta; Fuenmayor, Cenicero, Navarrete, Hornos de
Moncalvillo and Baños de Rioja. This wine is made exclusively from Tempranillo grapes, mostly grown on bush vines of over 30 years of age. Although the grapes come from Rioja Alta vineyards, they come from climate areas which are less extreme than the family’s best-known vineyard, “La Emperatriz”. Less Atlantic influence means that the wines do not require as long of an aging period.
At the winery, fermentation occurs in concrete and stainless steel tanks, at low temperatures and with gentle pumpovers. The malolactic fermentation takes place in a mixture of cement tanks, 5,000-litre wooden vats and used 500-litre oak barrels. The wine is then aged for 5 months within these vessels.
At the beginning of spring prior to bottling, 10% of wine from the previous vintage is blended nto the current vintage. This wine has spent a year in barrel. The wine is then bottled and aged for a short period of time before it is released.