CVNE, Contino, Rioja Vina del Olivo 2016 (1x75cl)

Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Variety: Tempranillo | Graciano
Vegan: Yes
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 14%
Availability:1 in stock for same working day dispatch when ordered by 12pm
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Product Code: SPRI0126B16S

Awarded a high 18 points (of 20) by www.JancisRobinson.com (reviewed by Tim Jackson MW) in August 2020 (tasted May 2020), see link below

CVNE, Contino, Rioja  Vina del Olivo 2016 - JancisRobinson.com review, August 2020

Awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2021 edition article (by Tim Atkin MW) on the new single-vineyard designations in Rioja, see link below

CVNE, Contino, Rioja  Vina del Olivo 2016 - Decanter review, March 2021


The CVNE (pronounced "coo-neh") Company, or to give it its full name, Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) was established on the 24th of March 1879 in Haro, Rioja. Set up by two brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa, their aim was to capitalise on the flourishing new trade in wine.

CVNE is based in Haro’s traditional Barrio de la Estación (Railway Station) district, in the heart of the Rioja wine region. Historically, some of the oldest wineries of Rioja Alta established themselves here in order to benefit from the ease of transport via rail to the port of Bilbao, the most efficient form of transport in those days.

By 1900, the winery had an extraordinary ageing capacity of 80,000 bottles, which was most unusual at the time, as most wineries sold their wines as soon as possible.

CVNE. is still controlled by the direct descendants of the founding family, now in its fifth generation. CVNE. has three wineries in Rioja: Cune, Viña Real and Contino. In June 2017, CVNE purchased the renowned Catalonia winery Roger Goulart, dating back to 1882, located in the world-famous DO Cava region.

Contino was established in 1973 and was the first single estate or chateau in Rioja, where all the fruit for the wines comes from the 63 hectare estate surrounding the winery in Rioja Alavesa, north of the river Ebro. Contino has established a cult like following producing wines with a sense of place, elegance and longevity.

The history of the property dates from the 16th century, and is reflected in its name. The “Contino” was the officer in charge of a guard corps of a hundred soldiers who protected the royal family "de contino” (continuously) from the times of the Catholic Monarchs onwards.

Fast forward to recent history, in August 2017 Jorge Navascués was appointed as the head winemaker of the estate taking over the reins from Jesus Madrazo. Jorge brings a wealth of experience with over 20 years of winemaking on various projects around Spain. 2018 is the first vintage that Jorge and his team have been in charge for the full growing season and the resulting wines are fabulous, continuing the great level of quality that the estate is famous for, with his own imprint in the wines focussing on enhancing the elegance of the wines.

This vintage has been characterized by the high summer temperatures and a temperate winter with scarce rainfall. During the summer, temperatures were very high, 37,9ºC max, with a total absence of rainfall. 428,9 l/m2 were registered along the year and the average temperature was 13,9ºC. Regarding phenology, it was exceptional along the growing season, the beginning of the sprouting was the 15th March and the beginning of the ripening the 25th May. Tempranillo grapes in the plot Viña del Olivo were harvested the 26th September and Graciano grapes two days later; the 28th September. 2016 was marked by the good sanitary status of the vineyards in which the lack of rain brought a great balance of the season and an excellent the phoenologycal maturity. Nice vintage in terms of quality and quantity.

Fermentation takes place during 10 days at 28-30° C in 100-hectoliter French oak vats. Malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels. For the barrel ageing, Contino put the wine in French, American and Hungarian oak casks successively for 17 months. Finally, Contino left the wine to age in bottle for over a year.

This wine is a blend of Tempranillo 90%, Graciano 10%.

For producer's own fiche technique/technical and tasting note, please click on link below.

Contino, Vina del Olivo Rioja 2016 - fiche technique

Great aromas of fruit with an elegant complexity and a grear richness of tannins, highlighting the spicy hints in perfect balance with the fruity nuances. Touches of red fruit and balsamic notes like anise, mint or licorice. Great structure, rounded, with tannins of mature fruit and high quality barrels. It is a well balanced wine, powerful in mouth, complex.