Laventura, Barranco del San Ginés 750ml 2015Spain, Rioja
'The 2015 Barranco del San Ginésis a new single-vineyard, top-of-the-range red from an east-facing plot of 1.18 hectares of head-pruned Tempranillo vines planted in Laguardia in 1935 at 570 meters altitude. It is registered as "viñedo singular," the new official category for single-vineyard wines. There is no room to get any machines into the vineyard, which has to be worked 100% by hand and follows organic principles but without certification. They were able to purchase this terraced vineyard in 2015. It fermented in concrete vats with wild yeasts and matured in oak foudres for 24 months. It's a little darker and riper with the concentration of the old vines, but it's produced more or less the same as the rest of the wines, so the difference is provided by the vineyard. It has forest aromas and flavors, not that common in Rioja wines, mixing Mediterranean with cooler Atlantic characteristics. The palate has abundant, fine-grained but firm tannins and is nicely balanced. It's a powerful yet elegant Rioja Alavesa, with the character of the soils. 1,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2017. From 2017 onward, they will be able to put Viñedo Singular and the name of the village, Laguardia, on the label.' – Luis Gutiérrez, Wine advocate, 93/100
'This wine has a medium ruby colour with primary fruit aromas of raspberries, cherries, bramble and blackcurrant. Secondary aromas of brioche and tertiary aromas of figs, forest floor and earth. The palate is elegant and well textured with smooth tannins. Good acidity, body and length. Great ageing potential.' – Winemaker
|Technical analysis||RS: 1.9 g/L | TA: 5.4 g/L | PH: 3.6|
|Blend information||Tempranillo, Graciano, Grenache, Viura and Carignan|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||Former Young Gun, Bryan MacRobert, moved to Rioja 7 years ago to start Laventura. Today, his new terroir-driven wines are causing a fuss! ‘I want to make Rioja as it once was. I’m trying to make honest wines,’ says Bryan whose wines are refreshing, innovative and true-to-terroir style of Rioja. With cellars located in the centre of La Rioja, they source high-quality grapes from the whole region. The vineyards are often 40 to 90 years old and harvesting is done by hand. ‘It’s time to take Rioja far more seriously,’ writes Tim Atkin MW as the Rioja landscape changes dramatically.|
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