Azabache Rioja Rosado ‘Garnache/Viura’ 2018
The region of La Rioja lends its name to Spain`s most widely recognised wines. Much Rioja is blended from three districts; Alta and Alavesa to the north and the hot dry Oriental district to the south (previously known as Rioja Baja) and uses Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo red grape varieties and the diminishing influence of extended ageing in oak barrels.
Fincas de Azabache is a state of the art cooperative, founded in December 1956. The Bodegas now owns 2600 hectares of vineyards at the foot of Mount Yerga, in the dry region of the Rioja Oriental. With limited risk of rot, it is an area conducive to the principles of organic viticulture, to which the Bodegas is firmly and successfully committed. The cooperative have recently invested heavily in a new winery, the fruits of which we are now seeing.
Made in the traditional `clarete` style of blending together Garnacha and Viura. The result is a pale rose with a lightly floral nose. The palate is fresh with notes of strawberries, crabapple and touch of tropical fruit produced during fermentation. The character is perfectly balanced by a pink grapefruit acidity and elegant finish.
Excellent as an aperitif or with shellfish, salmon or vegetable terrine.
Silver medal at the 2010 DWWA.