Calo Rioja Tempranillo (12pk)
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Vineyards: Rioja Alavesa
Soil: Sandy / Chalky Clay
Age: 30 years
Grape Variety: 95% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha
Winemaker: Javier Murua
Rioja Alavesa: Rioja Alavesa, in the foothills of the Cantabrian Mountains, is the finest sub-region of Rioja. A patchwork of small vineyards are planted in very poor, sandy soils on the lower slopes. Very low yields, along with cooler night temperatures, create wines with intensity matched by elegance and defined structures.
Winemaking: Totally de-stemmed before a long, cool fermentation with daily pump-overs to achieve optimum fruit and colour. Sulphur additions were minimal to allow for maximum fruit expression. The wine was aged primarily in stainless steel with 10% being matured in one year old 400 litre French oak.
2020 Vintage: Overall 2020 was a good year but winegrowers had to face the elements head on with
plenty of rainfall threatening to cause vine disease. Despite the difficulties vignerons were rewarded with really healthy fruit and the best wines look amazing with great freshness. Most importantly they are very concentrated with lots of flavour.
Tasting Note: An intoxicating nose lifted by ripe berry fruit and spices framed by the region's savoury edge. Super fresh palate showing red fruit vitality and supplemented by varietal cherry cola flavours wrapped in fine tannins before a long and bright finish. This wine will be best drinking now and over the next few years. Pair with some Manchego and capsicum skewers for a taste sensation.