The 2011 vintage was classified as excellent by the Rioja Regulatory Council.
The wine is produced following a selection of the best grapes from the oldest vineyards. The grapes undergo prefermentative maceration followed by a slow and controlled fermentation with periodic pumping over to extract colour and aromas. Following this the wine is aged in mixed oak barrels of American Staves and French tops for 20 months to allow a paused and harmonic evolution. The American oak gives a sweet character of vanilla and coconut while the French oak gives spice, making for the perfect balance. This Reserva was bottled in November 2013 and was aged in bottle for 18 months before being released to the market.
Beronia Reserva 2011 shows an intense cherry red colour. On the nose, attractive aromas of candied fruits and plum conserve are in perfect harmony with sweet chocolate. On the palate this wine proves itself as being of great character with elegant tannins which give the wine both structure and body. It has a long finish.
This wine is perfect to serve with red meats, game and roasts. It is recommended that you drink this wine before 2024.
The grapes for this wine were collected at the beginning of October. Following harvest the grapes underwent cold maceration for a few days in order to extract aromas and colour however not tannins. Alcoholic fermentation took place at low temperature of less than 26ºC with periodic pumping over. The wine was then aged in mixed oak barrels of American staves and French tops for 12 months giving both vanilla notes from the American oak and spice from the French oak. The wine was bottled in January 2016 and remained in bottle for 3 months before being released to the market.
This Beronia Crianza shows an intense cherry colour. Attractive nose with red fruits and floral aromas in perfect harmony with mineral and cocoa notes. A balanced and sweet palate with the fruit and liquorice standing out over a base of chocolate and coffee. Persistant and well structured.
This wine is made using the following grapes: 82% Tempranillo, 14% Garnacha and 4% Mazuelo.
Bodegas Beronia is quintessentially Rioja. Its wines are defined by the region and the soils in which the vines are grown, and its name linked to the history of the land where the winery is found. In the 3rd Century BC the area known as Rioja today was inhabited by a celtic tribe called the ‘Berones’. The founding ethos of Beronia is strongly allied to the origins of La Rioja. Beronia was founded in 1973 by a group of businessmen, friends from the Basque country who would visit La Rioja on holiday. They decided, to produce their own wines to enjoy with the local cuisine, specialising in Reserva and Gran Reserva style wines. Today Beronia is one of the most renowned Spanish wineries, producing traditional Rioja wines with personality and Beronia style.
This unique wine undergoes double fermentation, both alcoholic and malolactic, in American oak barrels. The wine remains for a total of 9 months in the same barrels with periodic batonage. Bottled in March 2015 the wine will continue ageing for a minimum of 6 months before being released to the market.
Intense and deep cherry colour with high intensity. An unusual nose with red fruits and notes of chocolate, cocoa, liquorice and cinnamon from the American oak. Shows a harmonious palate with the cherry dominating. Well integrated oak after 9 months in barrel. Round and fresh, ideal for those looking for something different.
Perfect with smoked meats or fish, patés and cured meats. Recomended consumption over the next 5 years.
We like this because it is a stunning, unusual, boutique-but-affordable Rioja made from 100% Tempranillo (rare in a Rioja, more the preserve of Riberas) that is full-bodied and fruit-packed with a lighter balance of oak.
The Marques de Burgos Roble is made using 100% Tinta Fina (Tempranillo) from a 30 year-old vineyard in Quintana del Pidio.
The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 25C in order to obtain maximum concentration of the primary aromas. It is then aged for a total of 6 months in new American oak barrels from the Appalachians(70%) and in French oak from the forests of central France (30%). It then spends 10 months resting in bottle prior to release.
This wine has an intense cherry colour with purple hues. There are flavours of mature and wild berries (blackberry, raspberry) as well as hints of flowers. There are also notes of liquorice which is very typical of this grape variety as well as flavours of cocao and vanilla.
This is ideal when combined with hors d’oeuvres, varied cold meats, pasta dishes and casseroles.
Bodegas LAN is located in the heart of Rioja Alta. Founded in 1972, Bodegas LAN was named after the initials of the three provinces in the Rioja Designation of Origin: Logroño (now La Rioja), Álava and Navarra. María Barua has been the head winemaker and technical director since 2002, and brings both scientific expertise, with an academic background in chemistry in addition to her oenology degree, and local knowledge, being born, raised and educated in Rioja. She and her young and energetic team focus not only on understanding the technical details of winemaking, but also on ‘expressing the virtues of the land’.
Grapes are selected from 10 to 20-year-old vines from Bodegas LAN's long-standing suppliers in the Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa subzones. Sloped plots of calcareous-clay soils with good drainage and sun exposure produce grapes of excellent concentration.
Like many parts of Western Europe, Spain experienced a cool growing season in 2010. But since the country is one of the hottest and driest in Europe, the cool weather was a boon, allowing fruit to ripen gradually. In Rioja, rainstorms during flowering reduced yields. Summer was dry and warm with great diurnal temperature ranges continuing through to harvest, resulting in wines with excellent flavour profiles.
After the initial fermentation, malolactic fermentation took place in new French oak barrels. During this process, the lees were stirred weekly to ensure maximum colour and tannin extraction as well as a fuller body. The wine spent seven months in new French oak barriques and a further six months in new Russian oak barrels. It is bottled unfiltered and unclarified to maintain all the subtle aromas and flavours – this produces a natural sediment inside the bottle which may need decanting.
Intense garnet in colour. Aromas of bright red fruits are layered with notes of vanilla and spices from oak ageing. The palate is exceptionally well structured and fleshy. The complex fruit and oak aromas are concentrated and long-lasting on the finish.
The guiding philosophy of Protos is "Quality above all". For this reason, the whole process leading to the production of their wine undergoes an in-depth analysis. The vineyards are controlled exhaustively by both technicians and experts throughout the growth cycle, yielding a production of the highest quality. This also gives them in-depth information about all the grapes to be used before they reach the winery.
Harvesting is 100% manual and the production was gathered in 20-kilo boxes; the grapes are then spread over sorting tables. This allows them to guarantee that only completely healthy, whole grapes reach the fermentation tanks. The must has skin contact to help extract colour and flavour from the grapes which then gives extra character to the wine.
The wine spends 6 months in American and French oak barrels and a further 6 months in bottle before being released for sale.
The Protos Roble Joven has a bright cherry colour with a purple rim and has a bright and clean appearance. The aromas are powerful and expressive as well as complex with fresh fruit, sweet spice, creamy oak and red berry notes. This is a flavourful wine which is fruity with toasty notes and has a good, long finish.
This wine is incredibly versatile and will go with any dish of your choosing.
Intense ruby red in colour. The nose is fresh and pronounced with excellent fruit concentration. The palate is clean and well balanced, with a core of strawberry fruit combined with subtle vanilla flavours from American oak. The finish is juicy and long.
Deep ruby red in colour with orange tones. The nose shows a wide range of delicate red fruit accompanied by smoky nuances and hints of vanilla from the new American oak. On the palate, the wine is velvety and round, with smooth tannins and good acidity from the Tempranillo. The finish is soft, balanced and long lasting.
Izadi is based in Villabuena in the Rioja Alavesa, the highest part of Rioja. The hillside winery (whose precipitous slope allows for gravity assisted production) was founded in 1987 by Gonzalo Anton as a modern breakaway from the traditional style of wine produced by other members of his family. As his son Lalo, who now runs the estate, says: "the whole concept of Izadi really started around wanting to produce wine to satisfy the needs of our friends over a meal". Izadi produces modern, international wines that are true to their roots and a natural expression of the area.
Izadi owns 189 hectares and sources fruit from selected growers from another 108 hectares of old vineyard with an average age of 45 years. All located within the triangle formed by three villages: Villabuena, Samaniego and Ábalos. The vines are traditionally trained bush vines, a method which Izadi believes gives better exposure of the grapes, something which in turn leads to better ripeness and softer, fuller wines. The vineyards are 450-550 metres above sea level so warm days give way to cool nights, encouraging the aromatic qualities in the grapes to develop. The vineyards are planted in clay-chalk soils.
2013 was very wet in the Rioja area which led to a very low, irregular crop. The amount of heat accumulated throughout the year was also substantially greater than in previous years. As a consequence, the wines obtained are elegant and smooth, show great balance and are lighter in alcohol and colour.
Grapes were destemmed and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at 28ºC, with pumping over several times daily to extract the right amount of colour and ripe tannins. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine is then aged in 225 litre American and French oak barrels for 16 months and over two years in bottle before release.
This wine displays beautiful black and redcurrant fruits with delicate hints of tobacco, liquorice and earthy undertones. The palate is rich and concentrated with a long finish.
This wine has rapidly become our 'go-to', affordable Ribera. Riberas have a tendency to be pretty pricey (low yields and quantities produced) and this represents tremendous value for money for this level of quality. At a recent Spanish tasting here in Perth, it saw universal approval and great sales!
Bodegas LAN’s motivation to expand into other regions in Spain led to the Marqués de Burgos project in Ribera del Duero. After a very thorough search within the appellation, the village of Quintana del Pidio was selected as the source of the grapes, as it enjoys a very high proportion of very old and gnarled vines. These ancient vines produce very low yields (around three tonnes per hectare), giving rise to wines with concentration, intense colour and smooth tannins.
The vineyard is in the province of Burgos, in the area of La Horra, La Aguilera and Quintana del Pidio. With an altitude of 700 metres, the vines have been traditionally Gobelet trained for more than 30 years. The continental climate with very warm summers allows grapes to easily reach excellent ripeness levels during the growing season.
The wine is intense cherry red. On the nose, it displays rich aromas of cherry, red berries and flowers integrated with notes of toasted oak, liquorice, fennel and vanilla. Hints of chocolate and coffee give this wine a rustic yet satisfying finish.
A blend of Tempranillo and Mazuelo, this wine has undergone ageing in barrels followed by a minimum of three years in bottle before release.
Cherry red with a complex and subtle bouquet, combining very ripe black fruit, almost caramelised, with spices, coffee and aromas of forest floor. Full bodied, highly structured and long on the palate, with mature tannin and great persistence.
The wine is a bright, cherry red with intense floral and red forest fruit aromas on the nose with subtle hints of vanilla from the brief exposure to oak. The palate has a full and velvety texture with plenty of elegant red forest fruit and very good length.