Monastrell & Cabernet Sauvignon

D.O. Alicante

Vintage:  Very dry year with high temperatures and great fluctuations in temperature between night and day. Optimal harvest due to scarceness of rain.

Vineyard: The grapes come from five vineyards, one of which was planted in 1925. Four vineyards of Monastrell located in the Sierra de Salinas, Umbria and La Sima. The vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon is in the Sierra de Salinas and was planted in 1981. Altitude 600-750 metres above sea level. Fossilised limy soils with an upper layer of limstones. Planted in low system.

Production: Use of native yeasts. Only the oldest vineyards are used for the creation of Triga. The vines are carefully monitored throughout all their stages and processes – pruning, blossoming, fructification, ripening and harvest and only the best parcels are selected. These vineyards have very low production.  Each parcel is harvested, produced and aged separately. The best bunches are selected in the vineyard and later sorted on the selection table at the winery. After maceration in vats of 5,000kg they pass to the vertical press.

Analysis: Opaque purple. Explosive aromas of black and blue fruits are transformed into notes of liquorice, Indian spices and flower oils. Rich and long, it has a good acidity that lends elegance. In the mouth, sweet blueberries and redcurrants mark the palate with persistence in a spicy, concentrated finish.

Accompaniment: Rice from Pinoso (rabbit and snail), all types of roasted meat, cured cheeses

Latest Prizes

Jeb Dunnuck: 95 points Triga 2014.
R. Parker Wine Advocate: 92 points 2013 - 2012 - 2011.
Guía Peñín 2017: Triga Magnum 2013 95 points.
J. Raynolds - Vinous: 92 points Triga 2013

DO Alicante

Alicante wines have been awarded numerous national and international awards, and they are highly rated by wine experts. Over time, various Iberian settlements, Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs as well as Christians have contributed to the historical background and experience of this D.O. (designation of origin) which spans thousands of years.

Archaeological finds have disinterred ancient villas, wine amphoras, jugs, utensils as well as other amphora remains. In 1510, King Ferdinand the Catholic banned the distribution of wines from other territories. Orihuela, Jijona, Monforte and Novelda were at that time high yielding wine producers.

According to the D. O. Alicante Regulatory Council, there are 44 wineries spread across an area of 14,613 hectares of vineyards situated on both sides of the Vinalopó River in Alicante province.

The province of Alicante produces: 

  • White varieties – Chardonnay, Macabeo, Meseguera, Moscatel of Alexandria, Sauvignon Blanc, Planta Fina and Verdil.
  • And red varieties – Garnacha Tinta, Garnacha Tintorera, Monastrell, Tempranillo, Bobal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Noir and Shyra.

Wines produced in Alicante include young, white, rosé and red (with an indication of the vintage on the label), harvest, aged (aged for 24 months), reserve (aged for 36 months) and grand reserve (aged for 42 months), mature wines and muscatel wines produced in the Marina area from the Moscatel of Alexandria grape variety, as well as the internationally renowned Fondillón made from the Monastrell grape. Aged wines must be at least two calendar years old.