This wine was a personal ambition of Rafael Vivanco’s; to offer the finest expression and fruit intensity of the traditional Rioja variety of Garnacha. Garnacha used to be the dominant grape variety in Rioja only 40 years ago, a mantle that has squarely been taken over by Tempranillo today. However, Garnacha can, if it comes from traditional clones, and is grown with low yields, produce stunning wines even in Rioja. To proce this Rafael sought out tiny, diverse but complementary vineyard parcels and terroirs from Villamediana and Tudelilla, higher altitude vineyards with more Mediterranean climates in Rioja Baja.The grapes sourced from the Zorraquín and El Recuenco parcels were vinified separately. The fermentation took place in French oak vats that were filled using gravity and without the use of pumps. Cold maceration and fermentation over 26 days using natural yeasts. Malolactic fermentation took place in 90% French and 10% American oak casks that were gravity filled.The wines then spent 18 months in new French and American oak, remaining on their lees throughout with occasional bâtonage but without racking. The wine was then bottled without fining or filtration to minimise any unnecessary intervention.
Deep red cherry colour, with a bright violet rim. Good varietal aromas of raspberry and other red fruit as well as toasted, jammy, minty and herbal notes. There is good acidity which gives it great freshness despite the depth of fruit favours, and a long fnish
Best served just below room temperature as an excellent match for stews, grilled meats, stuffed peppers and many cheeses, especially goats cheese.