Producer: Casa La Rad
Type: Rosé wine
Somewhere between pale strawberry and salmon-pink in colour, this is a wine with strong aromas from the four different grape varieties. Notes of strawberry and raspberry are prominent, evolving over time into white blossom and stone fruit. Long and persistent on the palate, with a delicate acidity that makes it a delightfully fresh wine.
Wonderful chilled as an aperitif or as accompaniment to rice or seafood dishes.
The Solarce rosé is made using the traditional sangrado methods. The red grapes are brought into the winery and the free-run (i.e.unpressed) juice remains in contact with the grape skins for between 6 to 12 hours at a controlled temperature of 10°C. After this light maceration, the free-run juice is placed in a different tank where it ferments at a controlled temperature of 14 - 16°C to preserve the aromatic complexity of the four grape varieties.
About the producer
The Casa la Rad vineyard and winery sits just southeast of the city of Logroño in the middle of the Rioja region. The 100 or so hectares are a mixture of free-standing bush and trellised vines, planted across a variety of plots with different soil types, orientations and altitudes. The estate is part of the Ocón valley which joins the Sierra de Hez mountains – part of the central Iberian range - to the south and the Ebro river to the north, which means the vines are planted at between 600 and 750 metres above sea level making for cooler temperatures and fresher growing conditions. Under the watchful eye of winemaker Marta Gallego, who has worked at various well-known bodegas including the famous Muga, the winery’s focus is on extracting the maximum expression of fruit and terroir from traditional Riojan varieties like Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano or Viura.