Laventura, Garnacha 2018 Bottle size: 750mlSpain, Rioja
'The pale and delicate 2018 Laventura Garnacha shows very elegant and clean aromas of flowers and red fruit, with perfectly integrated oak giving it a spicy twist, but there's nothing oaky about it. It comes from two plots in the village of Tudelilla, where Garnacha thrives, and both vineyards are old, dry-farmed and head-pruned. The destemmed grapes fermented in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in 600-liter oak barrels for 12 months. It combines power and elegance; it's balanced; and it has a soft palate with fine, textured tannins and a long and serious finish. It has the austere profile that to me is the house's signature. 3,000 bottles were filled in August 2019. Drink 2020 - 2024.' – Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, 93/100 (Oct 2020)
'This wine has a pale ruby colour with primary fruit aromas of red fruit such as cranberry, raspberry, strawberry and red cherry. Secondary aromas such as brioche, vanilla and cinnamon due to the lees contact and ageing for one year in barrel. The palate is light and textured with a soft tannin. Good acidity, body and length.' – Winemaker
|Technical analysis||RS: 1.5 g/L | TA: 5.8 g/L | PH: 3.49|
|Blend information||100% Grenache|
|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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