Laventura, Viura 750ml 2018Spain, Rioja
'This wine has a lemon colour with primary fruit aromas such as apple, pear, lemon, lime, peach and apricot. Secondary aromas of brioche and nuts are present due to the lees contact and barrel ageing for one year. The palate is textured and layered. Good acidity, body and length.' – Winemaker
Alc: 12.5% | RS: 3.2 g/L | TA: 5.0 g/L | PH: 3.34
Tasting notes on the 2017 vintage:
'There was uneven ripeness in the grapes for the 2017 Laventura Viura, because some bunches were from the second flowering after the frost and didn't ripen the same as the grapes that survived the frost. There was not enough juice to fill the 2,500-liter oak vat, so it had to be fermented in a concrete egg and one 500-liter oak barrel. After the frost, the year was warm and dry, and the wine is not as expressive as the 2016 I tasted next to it. The palate is soft, and there is less freshness and vibrancy than in 2016. It's not as complete or long, but it's a very worthy effort. 1,500 bottles were filled in December 2018, after 12 months in the egg and the barrique.' – Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, 92/100
Former Young Gun, Bryan MacRobert, moved to Rioja 7 years ago to start Laventura. Today, his new terroir-driven wines are causing a fuss! ‘I want to make Rioja as it once was. I’m trying to make honest wines,’ says Bryan whose wines are refreshing, innovative and true-to-terroir style of Rioja. With cellars located in the centre of La Rioja, they source high-quality grapes from the whole region. The vineyards are often 40 to 90 years old and harvesting is done by hand. ‘It’s time to take Rioja far more seriously,’ writes Tim Atkin MW as the Rioja landscape changes dramatically.
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