El Nido is a great red wine made by Bodegas el Nido from D.O. Jumilla.
Bodegas el Nido belongs to the Gil Family Estates group, a group that also owns Juan Gil, Atalaya, Ateca and Shaya wineries among others.
El Nido is a coupage of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and Monastrell (30%) varieties. The grapes are grown in a small, 12 hectare Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard and 32 hectares of Monastrell vineyards. Very old vineyards that have a very low yield but have a great grape quality.
The vineyards are planted around the winery, in Valle de la Aragona, with many surface stones. At 30-40 cm deep there is a layer of limestone, and below that is a very sandy soil where the roots can reach the nutrients.
The harvest is done by hand, and the grapes are transported to the winery in small crates that eliminate any premature breakage of the grapes.
Once at the winery the grapes are subject to a selection process.
El Nido undergoes a maceration and afterwards a fermentation in small stainless steel deposits and barrels. The malolactic fermentation occurs in new French and American oak barrels, where there is an aging for 24 months.
El Nido is one of the great wines from D.O. Jumilla. Full of flavour, complex and powerful. Marvellous. It can be kept in a good condition for 5 years.