Contino / 2016 Rioja Reserva.

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6 x 75cl Bottle
96 Points / James Suckling.
Contino / 2016 Rioja Reserva


GRAPES: 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 2.5% Garnacha and 2.5% Mazuelo.

ABV: 14%

Deep ruby red in colour, clear and bright. The nose is very expressive, with fruit expression and elegance standing out. Red fruits are well integrated with spicy notes adding to the finesse. On the palate, the wine is well balanced and with a very long finish.

VINEYARDS: From plots in Tempranillo, San Gregorio Grande, Bartolo and Lentisco.

VINTAGE: This was a year with little rainfall during the whole of the growing season, but which was well distributed at critical times. Total rainfall was 368 l/m2, which was within the average of the previous four years. Autumn and winter were mild, with frosts in January and February but which were not severe, and were followed by a warm spring and summer. Bud break was early, beginning on March 20th, followed by flowering on May 29th, fruit set began on June 3rd and veraison on July 17th. A healthy harvest started on September 18thwith 453,005 kilos of red grapes and 12,850 kilos of white grapes being picked at Contino.

WINEMAKING: The wine was made from perfectly ripe, hand-selected and harvested grapes from our own vineyards around Finca de San Rafael. The grapes were destemmed and then fermented in 12,000 litre stainless steel tanks at 28-30¼C. After a post fermentative maceration of 15 to 20 days, malolactic fermentation was completed. The wine was then racked to previously used barrels (40% American oak and 60% French) where it remained for two years. It was then bottled and aged for a further year in our underground cellars until being released to the market.