Finca Nueva Tempranillo

Vintage: 2014

Country: Spain

Region: Rioja

Appellation: Rioja

Grape: 100% Tempranillo

Alcohol: 13%

Closure: cork

Producer: Winemaker Miguel Angel de Gregorio grew up practically steeped in Rioja – his father was cellarmaster at Marqués de Murrieta – and rose to prominence in the region when he founded the highly regarded Finca Allende in 1995. A vocal exponent of terroir expression, Miguel only uses vineyards on iron-rich clay for Finca Allende. Twenty hectares on limestone are kept separate, and bottled as Finca Nueva. The difference is profound: as so often happens, the limestone brings a finesse and delineation to the Finca Nueva wines, while making them accessible earlier than their dense, tannic stablemates. Needless to say, the white and rosé benefit just as much from this exceptional soil. Stylistically, the whole range deftly straddles Rioja’s traditional-modern divide, with succulent fruit but plenty of savoury complexity. These are seamless wines, the product of a great talent.

Vineyard: The densely planted, bush-trained vines average twenty-two years old, on calcareous soil. Organic fertiliser and : ploughing are used in place of chemical fertiliser and herbicides. The grapes were picked by hand from the 8th of October.

Winery: The bunches were destemmed but not crushed, and given a six-day pre-fermentation maceration at 5ºC. Fermentation itself took place over eighteen days at up to 28ºC, with three pump-overs per day. After malolatic, the wine was then racked by gravity to French oak barriques and aged for four months before being bottled with no fining.

Taste: A fresh, juicy style of Rioja given some extra weight and texture by a short passage in oak barrels. Cassis and liquorice aromas lead to a fruitdriven, gently spicy palate with a smooth texture and long finish.