From Bodegas Ontañón's new winery in the centre of Quel. Rigorous selection of only the best fruit from high altitude vineyards has produced one of the new Rioja classifications: a 'Vino de Pueblo', which can only be produced from family-owned vineyards within a named village. This highly anticipated release doesn't disappoint!
Pronounced aromas of ripe black fruit and blueberries, backed by spice, mocha, fig and balsamic notes. The palate is generous with complex bramble and plum fruit characters, well-integrated oak and bright acidity. Importantly, this is not 'all about the oak' as so many rioja's are - this shows real vereve and vigour.. Pair with steak or roast lamb.
More info; Predominantly Tempranillo sourced from low yielding vines which receive no artificial irrigation. Many are plots of old bush vines. After multiple different stages of selection - in the vineyard, at the winery, and a final selection of the berries after de-stemming - the wine spends 18 months in new oak barrels (80% French and 20% American) with varying levels of toast. After a further 6 months in large (18,000L) French oak foudres, the wine is stored in the winery's calado (underground cellar) before release.
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