Bodegas Honorio Rubio, Tremendus Rioja Clarete
£39.00 – £75.00
Bone dry and fresh with subtle red fruit flavours and a pleasant creaminess from lees ageing. A sort of Spanish equivalent to Provence pink, it goes well locally with salt cod a la riojana, baked fish dishes, partridge escabeche, vegetables a la plancha, but would also be perfect with south-East Asian cuisine or seafood pasta.
More than a century ago, Don Juan Rubio Hernando began producing wine in a small underground cellar excavated in the clay to create his first “Claret of Cordovín” in ” cubas “of stone. During the first part of the 20th century, the Rubio family progressively increased the production of their wines, with generation after generation working in the winery. Since 1961, Don Delfín Rubio continues with the family tradition in the northern area of Spain.
TSA Honorio Rubio, the man, and the wines bearing his name, are a far cry from what is often (and erroneously) referred to as ‘classical’ Rioja. Honorio works in a specific sector of Rioja – the Najerilla Valley, which favours high quality Garnacha. Don Rubio is both a fan of historical styles, notably the Clarete pinks of which he is the leading proponent, and also an innovator working at the margins of textural enhancement in both Viura whites and Clarete.