About This Wine
Naturally fermented in cement vats with a short post-ferment maceration (one week), half of the wine was matured in 600 litre demi-muids and the rest in barriques (20% new) for one year. Following on from the linear 2014, the 2015 comes from a warmer Mediterranean-influenced vintage, yet the wine remains finely focused thanks to the altitude of the source vineyards, the old vines that pump their limestone rich soils and the influence of Graciano (Exopto also picks a portion of Grenache earlier, to bring some freshness to the blend). The result is a ripe, cool climate Rioja with layers of vibrant blackberry fruit shot through with fruitcakey spice and a sappy, brambley undercurrent of freshness. There are also plenty of fine, powdery tannins providing backbone. Lovely now, it will certainly benefit from time in the decanter or the cellar. Another bargain.
Wines of Spain
With 2.9 million acres of land planted in wine grapes, Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation and second largest producer in the world. Many styles of wine are produced in the country most of which are based on native grape varietals.
The two most famous regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero for their Tempranillo production. Rioja Tempranillo (the classic) will be lighter and fresher with red fruit flavours as compared to those from Ribera del Duero that are often deep purple, higher in alcohol with more tannins and intense black fruit character. Rioja is also known for producing Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from the indigenous Viura varietal.
In the Catalonia region, Spain is recognized for making a sparkling wine in the traditional method but using native grape varieties. This is called Cava. Priorat, a subregion within Catalonia specializes in making still red blends of Garnacha, Carignan and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in a bold and full-bodied style. Together with Rioja, wines from Priorat have achieved DOCa/DOQ status signifying their quality.
Sherry is Spain’s famous fortified wine which can either be completely dry, lusciously sweet or somewhere in between. This is made in the southern region of Jerez.
Other notable Spanish wine styles include: Monastrell (AKA. Mataro/Mourvèdre), produced in the Jumilla region and refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo from north western Galacia.
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