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When the two started looking into the work of the Japanese rice farmer Masanobu Fukuoka, they realised they wanted to go one step further. The work of the Japanese farmer, who was born in 1913 and died in 2008, is groundbreaking in terms of minimally invasive agriculture.
Masanobu Fukuoka - the inspirational figure of Eva and Luis
The son of a rice farmer, who trained as a microbiologist, has developed the agriculture of doing nothing, which he uses to describe the fact that soils improve and are more fertile if they are first brought into equilibrium and then largely left to their own devices.
Cornulans single layers
The vineyards are located in Elvillar, Viñaspre and Moreda. They are mainly characterised by calcareous marl and clay and are partly very stony with quite high water permeability. The vineyards are mainly planted with Tempranillo and Graciano, which is also vinified as Txabola. Graciano is usually a serving variety, like in the 12 Meses, where you find about 10 % Graciano. The Txabola shows the very clear character of the variety with its purple fruit and the special spiciness. The very successful use of two-year-old barriques, which is characteristic of the Txabola as well as the single-varietal Tempranillo Los Magines, is always accompanied by a very clear acidity. The tannin does not turn into cotton wool or cream in these wines, but remains distinctive.
The Tempranillo from the Sobremoro vineyard stays longer in the wood, which also has a more pronounced effect here. Nevertheless, it is used in a very balanced way and harmonises with the fruit and the liveliness of the wine. The wines are very clear, not extracted or lush, charming and on the one hand sensual, on the other hand they have clear contours.
Text and wine expertise - Christoph Raffelt