Montebuena Rioja Blanco
After selling out within a month for the first import of this wine, we have brought it back in and it has just landed in New Zealand.
The key white grape of Rioja is Viura that makes up 70% of white plantings in Rioja. Outside of Rioja it is known as 'Macabeo' and is also one of the three core grapes made in Spain's sparking Cava wines. There is a also smidge grown in Southern France, but just 7% of the volumes in Spain.
Viura changes in character significantly based on how the wine is made, if picked early, fermented at cool temperatures in steel it is crisp, aromatic, and floral. Picked later and fermented in barrel results in a fat, nutty, and honeyed wine.
Montebuena is a Co-Op formed in the 1960s, bringing together the fruit from an impressive 160 hectares of vineyards in the Alavesa region of Rioja. This is the Northern-most sub-region and boasts some of the best sites in Rioja, protected by the Sierra Cantabria mountains.
Made from 100% Virua, grown at high altitude from old vines with an average age of 55 years. Cool fermented for 14 days at 14 degrees, with aging on fine lees for texture.
Aromas of peach, yellow apple, jasmine, (and just a hint of those old banana flavoured eskimo lollies!). A dry wine, nice oily mid-palate and a satisfying long mineral finish. Would be superb with a wide range of seafood or a caesar salad.
- Spain - Rioja
- White Wine
- Other White