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Altacena Tempranillo, created by Riojan winemaker Javier Murua, is an authentic expression of modern Spanish Tempranillo. It balances varietal structure and red berried flavours with an approachable character and versatility...

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Altacena Tempranillo, created by Riojan winemaker Javier Murua, is an authentic expression of modern Spanish Tempranillo. It balances varietal structure and red berried flavours with an approachable character and versatility with food.

Altacena translates as “High Plate” and refers to the very flat, high altitude plain on which the vineyard is located.

2016 Vintage: Following a very hot and dry vintage across Spain, late Autumn rains complicated an already delayed harvest. The rains performed a much needed task in refreshing the vines and ensuring the fruit maintained vibrancy but also reducing yields. The old established vines along with the cooler climate of the higher altitude of anchuela  weathered the conditions well producing a small crop of high quality fruit.

Tasting Note:

Dark red in colour with a lifted and expansive nose of ripe dark berries, plums and smoked spice. The palate is supple and opulently fruited with a core of ripe red berried fruit, cherry cola and subtle oak, all framed by fine savoury tannins.  The wine nicely balances drinkability and quality with excellent depth of fruit balanced by a defined structure and impressive length.

“A delectably expressed tempranillo, the intensely aromatic nose shows black/blueberry, mixed berry compote, cocoa, toasted nut and subtle spice characters. The palate is concentrated and supple, and delivers excellent fruit purity as well as seductive savoury notes, wonderfully complemented by silky tannins. This is sumptuous and delicious. At its best: now to 2020.”

Rated: 93 Points

Source: Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz 

Altacena Tempranillo is the perfect companion to a wide range of charred meats or powerful flavours. A truly beautiful red wine.

Grape Variety: 90% Tempranillo 5% Shiraz 5% Garnacha
Winemaker: Javier Murua
Alcohol: 14.0%

Altacena Tempranillo 2016

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