The grapes to produce Time Waits For No One “Black Skull” Finca Bacara underwent a meticulous double selection process in the vineyard and in the cellar to ensure only the highest quality fruit was vinified. Each plot of the Time Waits For No One “Black Skull” Finca Bacara was vinified separately, classified by the soil and the grape maturity. The grapes were gently crushed before being fermented at low temperatures of 20 to 24°C to preserve the aromatic richness of the Monastrell fruit. Malolactic fermentation took place in wood. Maturation took place for 12 months in American oak barrels.
The climate is continental with long hot summers, with temperatures reaching 40°C and cold winters, falling to 0°C, tempered by the proximity of the Mediterranean Sea. Planted at 900 metres elevation, the warm daytime temperatures are mitigated by cooler evenings, creating a long ripening periods where the fruit develops concentrated flavours balanced by refreshing acidity. The area is arid with low rainfall, most of which falls during spring and autumn; often during violent storms. The soils are dark, lime bearing and some have with a hard lime crust; overall, they are permeable and have good moisture retaining properties, which allows the vines to survive during prolonged periods of drought. They are poor in organic matter and their structure does not support phylloxera due to the sand content. The vines are cultivated without the use of synthetic products and are manually harvested.
Finca Bacara is based in DO Jumilla in South Eastern Spain, a region characterised by its high elevation plains and valleys. Finca Bacara follows a philosophy that wines are inextricably linked to the land, and are therefore committed to developing them with minimal impact on the environment. The vineyards are certified organic and are situated at 900 metres elevation. Winemaker Luis Javier Pérez has crafted an original series based on the philosophy that ‘Time Waits For No-One’ encouraging us to live every moment – time cannot be recovered. The idiosyncratically packaged wines are fruit-driven, highly original and like time, they are to be enjoyed and cherished.