MARQUES DE RISCAL GRAN RESERVA RIOJA 2015
|Grape:||80% Tempranillo, 20% Other|
|Vineyard:||Marqués de Riscal|
Intense black-cherry colour with violet hues. Complex, balsamic, aromatic intensity, in perfect balance with the fruit and the lightly toasted aromas which recall fine oak.
|Flavours:||Smooth and full, in harmony with the fruit, with good concentrated tannins, round and with a long finish.
To make their Gran Reserva wine, Marqués de Riscal use grapes from old vines over 80 years old, from their own estate vineyards or bought in from regular local growers. The wine destined for making the Gran Reserva is set aside after the final coupages and passes into French oak barrels where it will spend between two and a half and three years, followed by another three years in bottle before its release.
A warm autumn with average temperatures 2ºC above the norm and abundant rainfall. Winter continued with high levels of precipitation, on a couple of occasions in the form of snow. At the beginning of spring the total accumulated rainfall was 170 l/m2 more than in an average year.
Budburst began on 14 April, accompanied by particularly high temperatures, which led to the development of the vines being almost a week ahead of an average year. During the first month of summer there were a series of heatwaves and from 21 July there was frequent rainfall which meant that the vines continued to produce canopy.
On 3 August, hailstones were reported in a small part of the Leza district. On 31 August there was another hailstorm which affected a larger area but the evolution of the damaged fruit was satisfactory since they quickly dried. Harvesting began on 4 September and proceeded in dry weather. The districts affected by hail were picked into crates and selected grape by grape to remove any that were at all damaged. The resulting harvest was very healthy, and also promised very high probable alcohol levels. Vegetative cycle 203 days.
This wine pairs well with ham, mature cheese, red meat, all kinds of roasts and game casseroles.
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