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Laventura Tempranillo

Laventura Tempranillo

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Here we have Bryan MacRobert showing exactly what can be done with Tempranillo in Rioja. Instead of a heavily oaked wine where the grape can sometimes struggle to be found in amongst the flavours and scents of wood, Laventura Tempranillo is crafted to ensure that the grape is the star of the show. The wine shows us how Tempranillo from Rioja (in fact from this specific corner of Rioja), should really taste. And the result is exceptional.

It’s also in limited supply, given only 7,217 bottles have been made.

Grapes are selected from low-yielding, dry-farmed old vines planted in 1974 in plots around the village of Laguardia in Rioja Alavesa. Now there’s a lot to be said about old vines, but to avoid an in-depth botany lecture let’s just say that old vines are important because as vines get older, they become less fertile. So, you have more plant and less production, resulting in better quality fruit. (If you want to hear a more in-depth explanation, together with more details about Bryan’s approach to winemaking, take a listen to our interview with Bryan on the MacRobert & Canals producer page.)

The wine is tank fermented in concrete and then aged for one year in large oak barrels with the aim of giving just enough interaction to allow the wine to evolve without letting the wood dominate.

The result is a wine that’s medium garnet red in colour, with primary fruit aromas of raspberries, redcurrant, red cherries, blackberries and plums. There are secondary aromas of oak, brioche and a touch of vanilla due to lees contact and the subtle use of wooden barrels. It has good tannin and perfectly balanced acidity which helps give the wine body and good length. A wine with good ageing potential, but perfect to open and drink right now.

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