Laventura: Spanish old vines & Young Guns


Spanish old vines & Young Guns

Rioja is one of Spain's most famous and traditional wine-growing areas. It's also home to a new wave of producers, including former Wine Cellar Young Gun Bryan MacRobert and his wife Clara Canals, who are making new styles from very old vines with Laventura.

For only R215, La Nave 2020 is a blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Mazuelo. Fresh-fruited and unoaked, it's the perfect introduction to their range. Unusually for Rioja, where blends reign, the Laventura range focuses on single varietal wines: two reds – Tempranillo and Garnacha – and two whites – Malvasía and Viura.

'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 2020 Malvasia hails from 55-year-old vines. With 24-hour skin contact and fermentation in concrete, this is a textured wine with notes of white flowers and orange rind. From slightly younger vines (40 years +) but also organically and dryland farmed, comes the 2020 Viura. Viura is fresher and lighter on the palate, full of white tea notes and lemongrass.

The vineyards for the 2018 Tempranillo and the 2020 Garnacha sit at altitudes of 600m and 660m respectively. The Tempranillo is perfumed and brambly with stony tannins, and the Garnacha is red-fruited and crunchy – very elegant indeed.

Finally, the single-vineyard 2016 Barranco del San Ginés is phenomenal. Planted in 1935 to Tempranillo, this is a vineyard and wine to watch. 'There are not many vineyards like this left in Rioja, and MacRobert is doing a superb job here getting the vineyard back to life. The wine is also beautiful, even more so in the great 2016 vintage. A really great single-vineyard Rioja. Bravo!' – Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate.

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