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Rioja Tempranillo

Spain
REGION
Rioja
SIZE
750ml
ABV
13%
VINTAGE
2015
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Producer
Winemaker Miguel Angel de Gregorio grew up practically steeped in Rioja – his father was cellarmaster at Marqués de Murrieta – and rose to prominence in the region when he founded the highly regarded Finca Allende in 1995. A vocal exponent of terroir expression, Miguel only uses vineyards on iron-rich clay for Finca Allende. Twenty hectares on limestone are kept separate, and bottled as Finca Nueva. The difference is profound: as so often happens, the limestone brings a finesse and delineation to the Finca Nueva wines, while making them accessible earlier than their dense, tannic stablemates. Needless to say, the white and rosé benefit just as much from this exceptional soil. Stylistically, the whole range deftly straddles Rioja’s traditional-modern divide, with succulent fruit but plenty of savoury complexity. These are seamless wines, the product of a great talent.

Vineyard
The densely planted, bush-trained vines average twenty-two years old, on calcareous soil. Organic fertiliser and ploughing are used in place of chemical fertiliser and herbicides. The grapes were picked by hand from the 8th of October.

Winery
The bunches were destemmed but not crushed, and given a six-day pre-fermentation maceration at 5oC. Fermentation itself took place over eighteen days at up to 28oC, with three pump-overs per day. After malolatic, the wine was then racked by gravity to French oak barriques and aged for four months before being bottled with no fining.

Taste
A fresh, juicy style of Rioja given some extra weight and texture by a short passage in oak barrels. Cassis and liquorice aromas lead to a fruit- driven, gently spicy palate with a smooth texture and long finish.

SPEC

Characteristics
ABV 13%
Awards
Closure Cork
Size 750ml
Grape Variety Tempranillo
Vintage 2015
Location
Country Spain
Region Rioja
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