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Region - Rioja
Grape Varieties - Tempranillo 80%, Mazuelo 20%
Alcohol by volume - 13.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Ondarre
Tasting notes - Deep cherry red with inky hues and a complex bouquet of fruit aromas, spices and smoky aromas. On the palate, this wine has a smooth texture but with backbone and lots of concentration, very elegant in style.
Herbal and spicy with rich flavours of red berried fruit and vanilla from oak ageing. Classic Rioja.
Bodegas Ondarre, is based in Viana, a historic town 6 kilometres from Logroño, Rioja's capital. Founded in 1986 it has quickly become one of the standout producers in the region with its elegant and distinguishable style. Their most acclaimed wines are their Reservas, which win top awards and critical approval every year. They attribute their success to the hard work in the vineyards and their continual investment into the winery and barrel stock. They use both French and American oak casks to help them obtain the incredible character in their wines. As well as their Reservas they produce a few thousand cases of a single varietal Graciano. A real rarity due to the low yielding nature of the vine.
The vines are grown in clay based soils with a high iron and chalk content.
The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of between 28 to 30°C, followed by a maceration on skins, which lasted for 17 days. A malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel vats, softening the wine. The wine was then matured for 20 months in barriques from Missouri and Central France, with periodic racking. Following clarification, the wine then rested for 18 months in bottle, prior to release.
Deep cherry red with inky hues and a complex bouquet of fruit aromas, spices and smoky aromas. On the palate, this wine has a smooth texture but with backbone and lots of concentration, very elegant in style.
This is a treat with slow roasted red meats, game dishes and mature cheese.
Tempranillo 80%, Mazuelo 20%
Ondarre Mayor de Ondarre Reserva Rioja 2011