Laventura – A South African Young Gun in Rioja
A South African Young Gun in Rioja
Ex-Wine Cellar Young Gun, Bryan MacRobert, cut his teeth at The Sadie Family Wines and Terroir al Límit in Priorat in the late 2000s. Through his travels, Bryan met a 'Riojan' winemaker, fell in love and moved to Rioja in 2013. He started Laventura – 'The Adventure' – and has been shaking up the heavily traditional wine region ever since.
We are delighted to offer his latest vintages which focus on single varieties and new-wave winemaking. Farming old vines back to life with an organic approach, his wines offer more fruit purity than classic Rioja with less oak influence.
'The style is clean and fresh, produced with less extraction and contact with air, and they are using larger barrels to have less impact on the wines.' – Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate
The 2018 Viura is limey and elegant while the 2018 Malvasia is more textured and rich. The 2018 La Nave, the only blend, is a lively, fruit-forward, unoaked and delicious style. His crunchy 2018 Garnacha reminds one of a Swartland wine while the 2017 Tempranillo is pure and crystalline with typical aromatics. Finally, his single-vineyard 2015 Barranco del San Ginés, which is sourced from an 80-year-old vineyard, is profound and fine with scores up to 95/100 from the major critics.
Order our Laventura Mixed 5-Pack (free delivery) and taste these wines with Bryan MacRobert live on Zoom on Wednesday, 1 July! We are also very excited to be hosting Michel Chapoutier on Wednesday, 17 June followed by Alex Hurley of Roberson Wine discussing new-wave Californian wines on Wednesday, 15 July. See more information here.