The bouquet displays savoury varietal fruit characters with overtones of blueberry, raspberry and cherry cola. Plush red fruits roll across the palate meshed with mixed spices and combined with cedary oak and savoury grape tannins. This wine can be enjoyed young but will benefit from additional cellar maturation.
Food Matches: This wine is best served as an aperitif or alternatively would perfectly accompany a variety of Pizza, and BBQ dishes.
Winemakers Notes: Tempranillo is best known as the dominant grape of Rioja’s wines, Spain’s best known and most respected grape growing region. Here it is known for producing superior wines with tight structures, complex aromas and great ageing potential.
Fruit set throughout the region was average to above average. Canopies developed to be as large as V2016 with full capacity to ripen crop loads. January, February (equal to V2013 and V2015) and April were the warmest recorded in the last eight seasons. Fortunately, a cooler than average March enabled ideal night temperatures for colour and flavour development. A long slow ripening, particularly for red varieties, resulted in wines that will be remembered for their depth of flavour and colour. Both Dad and myself believe this is the best vintage seen for at least a decade with amazing colours, aromas and flavours that have been made into exceptional wines that will age gracefully for decades.
The grapes for this wine were picked at 13 Baume, cold soaked for 3 days then fermented in open fermenters prior to being Basket Pressed into French Hogsheads where the wine was aged for 10 months. This wine is bottled without any fining or filtration to retain maximum character.
Harvest Date: 23rd of March 2018 Bottling Date: 21st of June 2019
Closure: Stelvin Drinking Window: 2019 -2035