Artesa Rioja Tempranillo
A modern, unoaked, vibrant and juicy style of Rioja – a great introduction to wines from the newly styled ‘Rioja Oriental’ (from the eastern region of Rioja – previously known as Rioja Baja).
Made from Tempranillo grapes cultivated on the hillside vineyards of Rioja Baja (now called Rioja Oriental). These vineyards are around 600 metres above sea level and have clay stone soil. 80% of the vines are trained using the trellis system and 20% are bush trained. The Tempranillo grapes are crushed and chilled for several hours before fermentation is started. Fermentation is temperature controlled and lasts for 15 days, with twice daily pumping over.
Appealing black fruit aromas and hints of sweet spice lead to juicy plum, raspberry and liquorice characters on the palate. The finish is elegant and poised with ripe tannins.
Will go well lamb and mint kebabs, hearty Spanish paella.