jueves, 4 de abril de 2013

Marques de Vargas Reserva 2008, La Rioja, Spain


- Wine making: 75% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo, 5% Garnacha Tinta, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from average 30 year old vines from their 50 hectare Pradolagar Estate. Poor, shallow, infertile calcareous clay soils and free drainage promote moderate vegetative vigour. Harvested manually end September/October in trailers of 2,500 kilos. After fermentation in 22,500kg stainless steel vats at 29/30 deg.C for 11/13 days, remontage occurred daily for another 11 days with the grapeskins. Once racking and malolactic fermentation were completed, ageing began in January in 30% new American oak, 20% new French oak, 10% new Russian oak and 40% American/French/Russian oak (1 wine) barrels made by Seguin Moreau & Murua, for 23 months, racked twice every 5 months, and then every 6 months. Bottled January 2010 without clarification or filtration. Cork-Natural Extraflow. 14% Vol. Total production 208,813 bottles of 75cl and 5,000 bottles of 150 cl.

- Tasting Notes: "Richly coloured, deep, black cherry colour with violet rim. Powerful, complex aromas of red berries, wild strawberries and raspberries with undertones of sweet liquorice. Glorious structure, full-bodied and luscious, rich and powerful, concentrated and well-balanced, silky tannins that add gamey, earthy notes to the ripe crushed berries. Ready for drinking now but has great potential for improvement. Time enhances its structure and aromas". burridgewine.com

Guía Peñin 2013 - 91 points
The Drinks Business Rioja Masters Awards 2012 - Gold Medal
The IWC 2012 - Commended
Decanter Rioja Reserva Awards 2010 - 3 stars
Robert Parker - 90 points

- Winery: Bodegas y Viñedos del Marqués de Vargas is undoubtedly one of the most impressive cellars in Rioja today. Situated just outside Logroño in a privileged part of DOC Rioja, it has a superb and ultra-modern winery that produces wines only of the very highest quality from grapes grown in vineyards that are known as ‘La Hacienda de Pradolagar’ and belong to the family of the Marqués de Vargas. They border those of the Marqués de Murieta and the Marqués del Romeral, an area popularly known as ‘Los Tres Marqueses’. The 65-hectare estate, where the family has been growing vines for four generations, carries on the old Rioja tradition of the ‘bodegas de hacienda’ in which the wine is produced exclusively from the grapes grown on the family Estate. The location of the property in the heart of the Ebro valley enables it to enjoy both Atlantic and Mediterranean influences, long hours of sunshine, low rainfall not exceeding 400 mm per year and protection from the westerly winds, ideal conditions for growing Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Garnacha.

Absolute priority is given to fruit quality. The vines receive no irrigation and only natural fertilisers are occasionally applied - herbicides or pesticides are not used. The vineyards are pampered as if they were gardens! Pruning, vital for good fruit, takes place first in winter to enhance fruit production and then again in summer once the vegetative cycle is under way. Fruit thinning and the removal of leaves are also carefully carried out. These cultural care operations reduce the yield to around 4,000-5,000 kgs/hectare, the optimum yield to permit the grapes to reach the alcohol content, acidity and tannin structure for optimum processing and ageing in oak casks. No effort was spared to build a processing plant with all the latest technical innovations and ageing halls where the wines could rest in wood and bottle under ideal conditions. The production is limited and is used exclusively for red Reserva wines. The winemaker is Javier Pérez de Vergara.

- Price: £20.00

References: www.burridgewine.com 

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