PAGO AYLÉS

In October 2010, Pago Aylés became the first estate in Aragón to obtain the Vino de Pago designation. Located in Cariñena, the estate grows grapes on 80 of its 3100 hectares. Less than half of the vines grow on soil that qualified for the Pago designation.

The Spanish wine classification system is reflective of a desire to ensure both production quality and expression of the terroir by having wineries comply with strict requirements relating to the production, processing, and bottling.

The Spanish Vineyard and Wine Act of 2003 innovated by introducing Estate Wines (Vinos de Pago): the highest established category for a wine. Those wines are made from grapes in vineyards which embody singular soil and microclimate characteristics, distinguishing them from other wines made in the same region. As of June 2019, there are only 17 estates with the Pago designation.

For Pago Aylés, the clay and calcareous soil where Pago vines are grown differs significantly from others in the Cariñena region, enough that only a portion of the domain’s 80 hectares where vine is cultivated obtained the Pago designation. The age of the vines (25-80 years old) and the valley climate are contributing factors to the quality of the wines produced at the estate.

Although not an obligation, Pago Aylés decided to move to organic farming for its Pago wines several years ago. Pago Aylés manages irrigation from rain water accumulated in huge basins because drought and intense heat make for harsh growing conditions, enough that the main indigenous plants are thyme and rosemary (they grow anywhere!). The Pago Aylés vines are not exposed to insecticides or pesticides. The domain uses pheromones, an approach approved for organic farming, to control insect populations.

Grapes are night harvested to retain the freshness and acidity, and to prevent early fermentation during harvesting.

“A” of Aylés
It was the 1st Pago wine produced in Aragón, Spain.
Alcohol: 13.50%
Varieties: 33% Merlot, 34% Tempranillo, 18% Garnacha, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Night harvested. Cold prefermentative maceration. Temperature controlled fermentation with pumpings and delestages. Malolactic fermentation takes place in french oak cask. Aged for 3 months in french oak from Allier (225 L).
Not available.
“Y” of Aylés
2015 — Alcohol: 14.00%   (RS 2.0 g/L; Free SO2 72 mg/L)
35% Garnacha, 26% Tempranillo, 23% Merlot, and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon.
2016 — Alcohol: 14.00%   (RS 1.4 g/L; Free SO2 48 mg/L)
34% Garnacha, 27% Tempranillo, 23% Merlot, and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Night harvested. Cold prefermentative maceration. Temperature controlled fermentation with pumpings and delestages. Malolactic fermentation takes place in french oak cask. Aged for 8 months in french oak from Allier (225 L).
Vintage 2016 is available in 750 ml (case of 6 bottles).
Also available: 2015 vintage in 1500 ml format (case of 4 bottles).
“L” of Aylés
The 1st rosé Pago wine in Aragón, Spain
Alcohol: 13.50%  (RS 1.9 g/L; Free SO2 95 mg/L)
Varieties: A different rosé made up of 50% Garnacha and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. Night harvested. Cold prefermentative maceration. Temperature controlled fermentation. No malolactic fermentation to preserve acidity and freshness.
Vintage 2018 is available in 750 mL format (case of 6 bottles).
“É” of Aylés
Alcohol: 13.50%  (RS 2.4 g/L; Free SO2 74 mg/L)
Varieties: 100% Tempranillo.
Night harvested. Cold prefermentative maceration.
Temperature controlled fermentation with pumpings and delestages. Malolactic fermentation takes place in french oak cask. Aged for 10 months in french oak from Allier (225 L).
Available in 750 mL format (case of 6 bottles).
Presently sold out.
“S” of Aylés
Alcohol: 14.00%  (RS 1.5 g/L; Free SO2 72 mg/L)
Varieties:  100% Garnacha from the oldest vineyards.
Night harvested. Cold prefermentative maceration. Temperature controlled fermentation with pumpings and delestages. Malolactic fermentation takes place in oak.Aged for 12 months in french oak from Allier (300 L).
Available in 750 ml format (case of 6 bottles).
Presently sold out.
3 de TresMil
Alcohol: 14.50%
Varieties: 35% Garnacha, 35% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Grapes from the best 3 ha of the property.
Manual night harvest. Cold prefermentative maceration. Temperature controlled fermentation with pumpings and delestages. Malolactic fermentation takes place in french oak cask. Aged for 12 months in french oak from Allier (225 L & 300 L).
Available in 750 ml (case of 6 bottles)… and 5000 ml formats. Yes, 5 L ! (special order). Presently sold out.
Aldeya de Aylés, Serendipia
Appellation: D.O.P. Cariñena
Alcohol: 14.00%  (RS 2.0 g/L; Free SO2 61 mg/L)
Grape Varietal: 100% Syrah.
Viticulture: Clay and calcareous soil. Each year both the soil and leaves are analyzed, so that each plot is best utilized. Systematic prunings to obtain a balance between leaf surface and fruit. Night harvesting.
Vinification: Prefermentative maceration at low controlled temperature (14ºC). Temperature controlled fermentation (24-27ºC) with pumpings and “delestages”. Ageing in French oak barrels for 15 months.
Vintage 2014 is available in 750 ml format (case of 6 bottles).
Aldeya de Aylés, Garnacha
Appellation: D.O.P. Cariñena
Alcohol: 14.50%  (RS 2.8 g/L; Free SO2 69 mg/L)
Grape Varietal: 100% garnacha, young vines (less than 20 years old)
Viticulture: Clay and calcareous soil. Night harvesting.
Vinification: Prefermentative maceration at low controlled temperature (10ºC). Temperature controlled fermentation (24-27ºC) with pumpings and “delestages”.
Barrel regime: 60% of the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 5 months.
Vintage 2017 is available in 750 ml format (case of 6 bottles).