Rioja 'Vendimia' Bodegas Aldonia 2022

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Producer: Bodegas Aldonia
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Sub Region: Rioja Alta
Grape Variety: Grenache Noir/Garnacha Tinto
Farming: Organic
ABV: 14%
Style: Red Wine
Classification: Rioja DOCa

Rioja ‘Vendimia’ is a superb modern blend of 60% Garnacha and 40% Tempranillo from Bodegas Aldonia. It is a supple and juicy wine which is packed full of soft red fruits and rounded off beautifully with a touch of oak. It is fantastic on its own or with hearty chargrilled meats and lamb dishes. The wine spends 4 months in oak barrels.

Brothers Ivan & Mario Santos are 4th generation wine makers who took over Bodegas Aldonia in 2006. Their aim was to produce a modern style of Rioja that expressed the grape varieties and terroir of the region. The brothers set about adopting organic practices and changed the focus from Tempranillo to Garnacha. As a result, hey now farm 16 hectares of vineyards of which eight are Garnacha. Most of the vineyards sit between 400 & 850 meters above sea level and some are 100 years old which gives them magical old vines to work with. The wines are no longer bottled according to age categories – Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva etc - which are so famous in Rioja. They believe that the grape is more important than ageing a wine for a predetermined amount of time when it might not be needed. For this reason, their wines contain high proportions of Garnacha and do not have Crianza or Reserva on the labels because they are aged in barrel for less time than the regulations state. This results in full bodied, lush wines with a better balance of fruit and oak flavours.

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