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Bodegas Ausàs

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As Ausàs himself recognises, the reason that the world is interested in his new wine is because he worked at Vega Sicilia in Ribera del Duero for 25 years, spending 17 of them as technical director.

‘When I started we were making 200,000 bottles of wine. By the time I left, ready for a new challenge, we were making more than 1.5 million a year,’ he says. ‘And we had gone from one winery to for his first seven years at Vega Sicilia, Ausàs worked for Mariano García.

‘I came with new ideas, with a technical training. Mariano taught me to be patient, and instinctive.’ Working with García, he also got to know and understand the diversity of Ribera del Duero. This has stood him in good stead for the creation of Ausàs Bodegas y Viñedos, and its first release of 2016.

Interpretación is a blend of parcels in Ribera del Duero, his interpretation of the region. The wines are notable for their refined oak usage. They are fermented in stainless steel and concrete, and aged in French oak, 30% new, in two sizes: half in 225-litre casks and half in 500-litre casks. ‘Ribera del Duero can be strong and elegant. I don’t understand why it always has to be massive,’ says Ausàs.

The Ausàs philosophy is based on three principles: pure aromas, freshness and good tannin structure.
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