Contino / 2015 Rioja Blanco Reserva.

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Contino / 2015 Rioja Blanco Reserva.

COUNTRY/REGION: Spain/Rioja.

GRAPES: 80% Viura, 15% White Grenache and 5% Malvasia.

ABV: 14%

UNIT: 1 x 75cl Bottle.

WINEMAKER NOTES: A bright clean yellow colour with shiny shades of gold. Rich, complex and alluring, the epitome of top quality white Rioja. On the nose, the wine displays aromas of citrus fruits, blossom and toasty nuts, along with notes of fine wood and spices. On the palate, it is a full-bodied wine although smooth and elegant in character with silky tannins and a high level of acidity that makes its mainly fruity aftertaste last longer.

VINEYARDS: Manual harvest and stringent selection at the vineyard followed by another selection at the sorting table. The Viura was picked first the 24th of September; it comes from the alluvial Lentisco plot, the stony San Gregorio Tabla plot and the Santa María plot. The age of the previous three plots vary between 40 to 60 years. The Garnacha and Malvasia were picked on the 8th of October. The White Grenache comes from the calcareous clay San Gregorio Encina plot planted in 1980. The Malvasia comes from the alluvial stony and sandy Las Anchas plot planted 84 years ago.

VINTAGE: The 2015 harvest merges as one of the best harvests over the past years. Throughout the vine cycle, the weather conditions were optimum. The vineyard has shown excellent quality results. Harvest started 10 days in advance. Nice warm weather conditions during the harvest allowed for a highly selective harvest.

WINEMAKING: After manual harvesting, the grapes were lightly crushed and cold soaked in small stainless steel tanks where they were kept until the alcoholic fermentation was almost completed. The wine was then racked into new 350 and 500 liters French oak barrels where it finished its alcoholic fermentation. The wine was aged on its lees, removed every two weeks. After a six to seven month barrel ageing period, the wine was placed in deposits. The wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation to preserve the acidity in the wine and to enhance its aging capability. The goal is to produce a full body white that is fresh, fruity, with long after taste and great aging capability that reflects the terroir of the Contino estate.

TASTING NOTES: Rich, complex and alluring, the epitome of top quality white Rioja.

DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers bonded warehouse’s, which have the optimum environment for fine wine storage, by carefully regulating temperature, humidity and other microclimatic factors.

As such, please allow between 7 and 10 days for your delivery to arrive.