Laventura, Viura 2018 Bottle size: 750mlSpain, Rioja
'The bright pale-yellow 2018 Laventura Viura was produced with grapes from two plots: one in Villabuena de Álava and the other one in Laguardia, where the old vines have both red and white grapes interplanted. It fermented and matured for one year in a 2,500-liter oak vat and 500-liter oak barrels. There is no oak, and there is a sense of harmony and subtleness that I like very much. It showcases the profile of the grape and the cooler year. It's medium-bodied and has moderate alcohol, and it's clean, tasty and precise, which is the house style. The wine is austere rather than exuberant, 5,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2019. Drink 2020 - 2024.' – Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, 93/100 (Oct 2020)
'This wine has a lemon colour with primary fruit aromas such as apple, pear, lemon, lime, peach and apricot. Secondary aromas of brioche and nuts are present due to the lees contact and barrel ageing for one year. The palate is textured and layered. Good acidity, body and length.' – Winemaker
|Technical analysis||RS: 3.2 g/L | TA: 5.0 g/L | PH: 3.34|
|Blend information||100% Viura|
|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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