Áster Crianza is made from 100% Tinta del País (Tempranillo) grown on the the Fuentecojo and El Caño vineyards which surround the winery. A new feature for this vintage was 50% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels. For the first time in Áster, only French oak has been used during the entire ageing period, which lasted for 22 months. Barrels used were new (70%) and two-year-old (30%). The wine was manually racked on three occasions, using traditional barrel-to-barrel methods and it was bottled in July 2012.
Deep cherry red in colour this wine is very aromatic, with aromas of blackberries and redberries over a background of mocha, toffee, cedar, liquorice and toasted notes. Potent and harmonious on the palate, with highly marked sweet tannins the wine has a broad and elegant aftertaste that will improve after storage in the bottle.