Laventura, Garnacha 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

Spain, Rioja
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The Laventura Garnacha 2018 is one of the exciting single vineyard wines causing a fuss in Rioja. It is a true expression of terroir as the tightly-coiled fruit and fine textured tannins showcase its pure elegance and power. Offering exceptional aging potential, the 2018 gives generously as it unwinds in the glass over good food and company.

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Laventura Garnacha is made from Grenache vineyards in Tudelilla above 580m planted on the south eastern slope of the Sierra La Hez in Rioja Oriental. The Mediterranean climate that helps to ripen the Grenache combined with the altitude and the well-drained rocky soils help to make a complex yet refined Grenache. The wine is aged in large wood barrels to preserve all the fruit.

Tasting notes:
'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

More Information
Alcohol 14.5%
Technical analysis RS: 1.5 g/L | TA: 5.8 g/L | PH: 3.49
Variety Grenache
Blend information 100% Grenache
Rating WA 93
Winemaker Bryan MacRobert
Body Medium-bodied
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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