Imperial / 2012 Rioja Gran Reserva.

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Imperial / 2012 Rioja Gran Reserva

COUNTRY/REGION: Spain/Rioja.

GRAPES: 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo.

ABV: 13.5%

The wine is deep cherry red in colour. The nose is intensely aromatic and shows a perfect balance of balsamic notes and sweet spices from the barrel ageing process with forest fruits, berries and liquorice that remind us of the Mediterranean. The palate is velvety and dense marked by soft, fine tannins and by a long and fruity finish, revealing the elegance of a traditional wine.

VINEYARDS: Rigorous work in the vineyard followed by hand harvesting into 20kg boxes with exhaustive selection in the field ensured the collection of great quality grapes.

VINTAGE: The 2012 growing season lasted 172 days and in general it was marked by drought. However, rain falling at the end of September had a great effect, leading to a full and complete ripening process with the grapes therefore achieving better balance.

WINEMAKING: Once in the winery, the grapes were held in a refrigerated chamber for 24 hours and then subject to second manual selection on a selection table. To ensure gentle handling, the grapes were fed by gravity to French oak vats for the alcoholic fermentation. Once completed the wine was then aged in French and American oak barrels for 24 months, followed by 36 months bottle ageing in our century-old cellars until being released to market.